Coupled simulation of performance of a crossed compound parabolic concentrator with solar cell

Li, W. et al. (2015) Coupled simulation of performance of a crossed compound parabolic concentrator with solar cell. Energy Procedia, 75, pp. 325-330. (doi:10.1016/j.egypro.2015.07.371)

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Abstract

An optimal installation of a compound parabolic concentrator (CCPC) into a scalable solar thermoelectrics and photovoltaics system is desirable by applying analytical tools to improve the optical and thermal performance of a CCPC with a solar cell. In this paper, the optical and thermal performances of an isolated CCPC with solar cell are investigated by employing commercial software ‘ANSYS CFX 15.0’ with a coupled optical grey and multiphysics model. Numerical results are validated against the experimental data at various incidence angles, especially for the optical concentration ratio and optical efficiency. Results confirm that ‘ANSYS CFX’ is an effective numerical tool for determining correctly both the optical and thermal behaviour of CCPC. The very important finding is a highest temperature core in the silicon layer of solar cell which may be responsible for a solar cell to work properly. The limitation of the work is that the electric performance of the solar cell is not involved and the simulations are steady.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Knox, Professor Andrew and Mullen, Mr Paul and Li, Dr Wenguang and Montecucco, Dr Andrea and Paul, Dr Manosh and Ferre Llin, Dr Lourdes and Siviter, Dr Jonathan and Samarelli, Mr Antonio and Paul, Professor Douglas and Gregory, Professor Duncan
Authors: Li, W., Paul, M. C., Sellami, N., Meng, X.-l., Mallick, T. K., Fernandez, E. F., Knox, A. R., Montecucco, A., Siviter, J., Mullen, P., Ashraf, A., Samarelli, A., Ferre Llin, L., Paul, D. J., Gregory, D. H., Gao, M., Sweet, T., Azough, F., Lowndes, R., and Freer, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Systems Power and Energy
Journal Name:Energy Procedia
Publisher:Elsevier Ltd.
ISSN:1876-6102
ISSN (Online):1876-6102
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2015 The Authors
First Published:First published in Energy Procedia 75:325-330
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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Project CodeAward NoProject NamePrincipal InvestigatorFunder's NameFunder RefLead Dept
614241Scalable Solar Thermoelectrics and Photovaltaics (SUNTRAP)Andrew KnoxEngineering & Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/K022156/1ENG - ENGINEERING ELECTRONICS & NANO ENG