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Energy and Cost Saving of a Photovoltaic-Phase Change Materials (PV-PCM) System through Temperature Regulation and Performance Enhancement of Photovoltaics

Hasan, Ahmad, McCormack, Sarah, Huang, M. J. and Norton, Brian (2014) Energy and Cost Saving of a Photovoltaic-Phase Change Materials (PV-PCM) System through Temperature Regulation and Performance Enhancement of Photovoltaics. Energies, 7 (3). pp. 1318-1331. [Journal article]

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URL: http://www.mdpi.com/1996-1073/7/3/1318

DOI: 10.3390/en7031318

Abstract

The current research seeks to maintain high photovoltaic (PV) efficiency and increased operating PV life by maintaining them at a lower temperature. Solid-liquid phase change materials (PCM) are integrated into PV panels to absorb excess heat by latent heat absorption mechanism and regulate PV temperature. Electrical and thermal energy efficiency analysis of PV-PCM systems is conducted to evaluate their effectiveness in two different climates. Finally costs incurred due to inclusion of PCM into PV system and the resulting benefits are discussed in this paper. The results show that such systems are financially viable in higher temperature and higher solar radiation environment.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:phase change materials; photovoltaics; energy savings; cost saving; temperature regulation; performance enhancement
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Built Environment Research Institute > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST)
Built Environment Research Institute
ID Code:28811
Deposited By: Dr Ming Jun Huang
Deposited On:19 Mar 2014 14:49
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:13

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