Specially Designed Solar Cells for Hybrid Photovoltaic-thermal Generators

Mellor, A. et al. (2016) Specially Designed Solar Cells for Hybrid Photovoltaic-thermal Generators. In: IEEE 43rd Photovoltaic Specialist Conference (PVSC), Portland, OR, 5-10 June, 2016, pp. 2960-2963. ISBN 9781509027248 (doi:10.1109/PVSC.2016.7750203)

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Abstract

The performance of hybrid photovoltaic-thermal systems can be improved using PV cells that are specially designed to generate both electricity and useful heat with maximum efficiency. Present systems, however, use standard PV cells that are only optimized for electrical performance. In this work, we have developed two cell-level components that will improve the thermal efficiency of PV-T collectors, with minimal loss of electrical efficiency. These are a spectrally-selective low-emissivity coating to reduce radiative thermal losses, and a nanotextured rear reflector to improve absorption of the near-infrared part of the solar spectrum for heat generation.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Paul, Professor Douglas and Thoms, Dr Stephen and Ferre Llin, Dr Lourdes
Authors: Mellor, A., Guarracino, I., Ferre Llin, L., Alonso-Alvarez, D., Riverola, A., Thoms, S., Paul, D. J., Markides, C. N., Chemisana, D., Maier, S., and Ekins-Daukes, N.
College/School:College of Science and Engineering > School of Engineering > Electronics and Nanoscale Engineering
ISSN:0160-8371
ISBN:9781509027248
Published Online:21 November 2016
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2016 IEEE
First Published:First published in IEEE 43rd Photovoltaic Specialist Conference (PVSC): 2960-2963
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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