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The Effect of Phase Change Material Crystalline Segregation on the Building Integrated Photovoltaic System Thermal Performance

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Huang, M. J., McCormack, S., Eames, P. C. and Norton, B. (2008) The Effect of Phase Change Material Crystalline Segregation on the Building Integrated Photovoltaic System Thermal Performance. In: World Renewable Energy Congress- WREC X, Glasgow, Scotland, UK.. Elsevier. 6 pp. [Conference contribution]

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Abstract

The effect of thermal resistance on PV/PCM temperature control is found with the effects of crystallisation and the melting process studied. Fin arrangements to prevent increased thermal resistance due to bubbles formed during the melting process are evaluated. The thermal performance of the PCM in the finned PV/PCM system was monitored during the melting process and a detailed experimental evaluation of the process within the PV/PCM system was undertaken. It was found that natural convection started during the early stages of the melting process and increases in magnitude as the process erasure. A better fundamental understanding of the processes within a PV/PCM system can be used to improve the optimum PV/PCM system design.

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:14761
Deposited By:Dr Ming Jun Huang
Deposited On:19 Aug 2010 14:25
Last Modified:01 Sep 2010 15:28

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