Investigation of the Energy Performance of a Novel Modular Solar Building Envelope
AbstractThe major challenges for the integration of solar collecting devices into a building envelope are related to the poor aesthetic view of the appearance of buildings in addition to the low efficiency in collection, transportation, and utilization of the solar thermal and electrical energy. To tackle these challenges, a novel design for the integration of solar collecting elements into the building envelope was proposed and discussed. This involves the dedicated modular and multiple-layer combination of the building shielding, insulation, and solar collecting elements. On the basis of the proposed modular structure, the energy performance of the solar envelope was investigated by using the Energy-Plus software. It was found that the solar thermal efficiency of the modular envelope is in the range of 41.78–59.47%, while its electrical efficiency is around 3.51% higher than the envelopes having photovoltaic (PV) alone. The modular solar envelope can increase thermal efficiency by around 8.49% and the electrical efficiency by around 0.31%, compared to the traditional solar photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) envelopes. Thus, we have created a new envelope solution with enhanced solar efficiency and an improved aesthetic view of the entire building. View Full-Text
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Ren, G.; Zhao, X.; Zhan, C.; Jin, H.; Zhou, A. Investigation of the Energy Performance of a Novel Modular Solar Building Envelope. Energies 2017, 10, 880.
Ren G, Zhao X, Zhan C, Jin H, Zhou A. Investigation of the Energy Performance of a Novel Modular Solar Building Envelope. Energies. 2017; 10(7):880.Chicago/Turabian Style
Ren, Gang; Zhao, Xudong; Zhan, Changhong; Jin, Hong; Zhou, Aishen. 2017. "Investigation of the Energy Performance of a Novel Modular Solar Building Envelope." Energies 10, no. 7: 880.
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