Feasibility of a photovoltaic-thermoelectric generator: performance analysis and simulation results

Attivissimo, F., Di Nisio, A., Lanzolla, A. M. L. and Paul, M. (2015) Feasibility of a photovoltaic-thermoelectric generator: performance analysis and simulation results. IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement, 64(5), pp. 1158-1169. (doi:10.1109/TIM.2015.2410353)

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Abstract

This paper describes a theoretical approach to evaluate the performance of a hybrid solar system made with photovoltaic cells and thermoelectric (TE) modules. After a brief treatment of the integrated system, energy conversion and performance parameters are evaluated through numerical simulations depending on the global radiation and temperature distribution obtained by the Joint Research Center of the European Commission and of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. The contribution of TE module to total energy seems significant in southern European towns and less substantial when the locations considered are very distant from the equator and show the possibility of using TE devices for energy production.

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Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Paul, Dr Manosh
Authors: Attivissimo, F., Di Nisio, A., Lanzolla, A. M. L., and Paul, M.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement
Publisher:IEEE
ISSN:0018-9456
ISSN (Online):1557-9662
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 IEEE
First Published:First published in IEEE Transactions on Instrumentation and Measurement 64(5):1158-1169
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