Numerical study of solar thermal combi system to enhance the passive cooling of PV module

Ankit Raj, U. C. Arunachala, Keshav Kumar Bhagat, Neha Kalani, Prasoon Yadav

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Abstract

Photovoltaic panels exhibits lower conversion efficiency due to increased surface temperature. Hence the thermal management of panel is important which can be active or passive in nature. However, passive methods are gaining importance due to its inherent advantages. In the present CFD study, the degree of panel cooling is analyzed by optimizing various geometrical parameters of the solar thermal combi system. The optimized geometry yielded air flow rate of 0.034â€kg/s which can cool the PV panel by 5°C when exposed to solar radiation level of 800â€W/m2. This cooling rate is further validated through experiment. As the solar thermal combi system does air heating and panel cooling processes simultaneously, the overall system efficiency is better and is cost effective compared to two individual units.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRenewable Energy Sources and Technologies
EditorsN. Nallusamy, M. Suresh, S. Rajkumar, K. L. Harikrishna, S. Somasundaram
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9780735419063
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 02-10-2019
Event2nd International Conference on Sustainable Energy Resources, Materials and Technologies, ISERMAT 2019 - Tamil Nadu, India
Duration: 14-03-201915-03-2019

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume2161
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Conference

Conference2nd International Conference on Sustainable Energy Resources, Materials and Technologies, ISERMAT 2019
CountryIndia
CityTamil Nadu
Period14-03-1915-03-19

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Raj, A., Arunachala, U. C., Bhagat, K. K., Kalani, N., & Yadav, P. (2019). Numerical study of solar thermal combi system to enhance the passive cooling of PV module. In N. Nallusamy, M. Suresh, S. Rajkumar, K. L. Harikrishna, & S. Somasundaram (Eds.), Renewable Energy Sources and Technologies [020053] (AIP Conference Proceedings; Vol. 2161). American Institute of Physics Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5127644