A coupled optical-thermal-electrical model to predict the performance of hybrid PV/T-CCPC roof-top systems

Li, W. et al. (2017) A coupled optical-thermal-electrical model to predict the performance of hybrid PV/T-CCPC roof-top systems. Renewable Energy, 112, pp. 166-186. (doi: 10.1016/j.renene.2017.05.012)

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A crossed compound parabolic concentrator (CCPC) is applied into a photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) hybrid solar collector, i.e. concentrating PV/T (CPV/T) collector, to develop new hybrid roof-top CPV/T systems. However, to optimise the system configuration and operational parameters as well as to predict their performances, a coupled optical, thermal and electrical model is essential. We establish this model by integrating a number of submodels sourced from literature as well as from our recent work on incidence-dependent optical efficiency, six-parameter electrical model and scaling law for outdoor conditions. With the model, electrical performance and cell temperature are predicted on specific days for the roof-top systems installed in Glasgow, Penryn and Jaen. Results obtained by the proposed model reasonably agree with monitored data and it is also clarified that the systems operate under off-optimal operating condition. Long-term electric performance of the CPV/T systems is estimated as well. In addition, effects of transient terms in heat transfer and diffuse solar irradiance on electric energy are identified and discussed.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Knox, Professor Andrew and Siviter, Dr Jonathan and Li, Dr Wenguang and Montecucco, Dr Andrea and Han, Dr Guang and Paul, Professor Manosh and Gregory, Professor Duncan
Authors: Li, W., Paul, M.C., Rolley, M., Sweet, T., Gao, M., Baig, H., Fernandez, E.F., Mallick, T.K., Montecucco, A., Siviter, J., Knox, A.R., Han, G., Gregory, D.H., Azough, F., and Freer, R.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Chemistry
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:Renewable Energy
ISSN (Online):1879-0682
Published Online:03 May 2017
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 The Authors
First Published:First published in Renewable Energy 112:166-186
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 and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)EP/K022156/1ENG - ENGINEERING ELECTRONICS & NANO ENG