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Thermal Regulation of Building-Integrated Photovoltaics Using Phase Change Materials

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Huang, M. J., Eames, P.C. and Norton, B. (2004) Thermal Regulation of Building-Integrated Photovoltaics Using Phase Change Materials. International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, 47 (12-13). pp. 2715-2733. [Journal article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.ijheatmasstransfer.2003.11.015

Abstract

Elevated operating temperatures reduce the efficiency of photovoltaic devices. The use of a phase change material to moderate building integrated photovoltaic temperature rise has been investigated by experiments and numerical simulations. Experimental data are used to validate the previously developed two-dimensional finite volume heat transfer model conjugated hydrodynamically to solve the Navier–Stokes and energy equations. A parametric study of a design application is also reported. Temperatures, velocity fields and vortex formation within the system were predicted for a variety of configurations using the experimentally validated numerical model. Temperature distributions predicted fordifferent insolation and ambient temperatures at the photovoltaic surface show that the moderation of temperature achieved can lead to significant improvements in the operational efficiency of photovoltaic facades.

Item Type:Journal article
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:12079
Deposited By:Dr Ming Jun Huang
Deposited On:22 Feb 2010 16:27
Last Modified:22 Feb 2010 16:27

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