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Huang, M and Hewitt, Neil (2009) EFFECT OF USING TWO PCMS ON THE THERMAL REGULATION PERFORMANCE OF BIPV SYSTEMS. In: International Solar Energy Congress (ISES 2009), Johannesburg, South Africa. Vincent. 9 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) is one of the most promising applications for Photovoltaics (PV). However when the temperature on the BIPV increases, the conversion efficiency deteriorates. A PV/PCM system using Phase Change Materials (PCM) for BIPV thermal control has been experimentally and numerically studied recently. One of the main barriers for this application is how to improve the low thermal conductivity of the PCM for longer thermal regulation on PV. Although the metal fins can improve the heat transfer, the effect of the thermal regulation period declined as the metal mass increased along with the decreasing thermal control period. A modified PV/PCM system integrated with two types of phase transient PCMs for improving the heat regulation need to be investigated. The performance of using PCMs with a set of different phase change temperatures is expected to improve the heat regulation on the PV/PCM system and increase the thermal regulation time. In this study a series of numerical simulations tests have been carried out in realistic conditions, and the thermal regulation of the PV/PCM system in optimised metal cells using a different range of phase transient temperature PCMs has been discussed.

Item Type:Conference contribution (Speech)
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment
Faculty of Art, Design and the Built Environment > School of the Built Environment
Research Institutes and Groups:Built Environment Research Institute
Built Environment Research Institute > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (CST)
ID Code:11434
Deposited By:Dr Ming Jun Huang
Deposited On:12 Aug 2010 13:21
Last Modified:12 Aug 2010 13:21

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