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Modelling of a Single Passage Air PV/T Solar Collector: Experimental and Simulation Design

Fundamental and Applied Sciences Department, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Seri Iskandar 32610, Malaysia
Faculty of Applied Sciences, Universiti Teknologi MARA, Arau 02600, Malaysia
School of Informatics and Applied Mathematics, Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Kuala Terengganu 21030, Malaysia
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Processes 2020, 8(7), 763;
Received: 1 May 2020 / Revised: 11 June 2020 / Accepted: 17 June 2020 / Published: 29 June 2020
The hybrid photovoltaic/thermal solar collector has attracted research attention for more than five decades. Its capability to produce thermal energy simultaneously with electrical energy is considered attractive since it provides higher total efficiency than stand-alone photovoltaic or thermal systems separately. This paper describes theoretical and experimental studies of a finned single pass air-type photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) solar collector. The performance of the system is calculated based on one dimensional (1D) steady-state analysis using one dimensional energy balance equations, where simulation was carried out using MATLAB. Experiments were carried out to observe the performance of the solar collector under changes in air mass flow rate. Experimental values on photovoltaic panel temperature and air temperature on both air inlet and outlet, together with the ambient temperature and solar radiation were measured. The simulation results were validated against the results obtained from experiments using the error analysis method, Root Mean Square Error. At a solar irradiance level of 800 to 900 W/m2, the thermal efficiency increases to 20.32% while the electrical efficiency increases to 12.01% when the air mass flow rate increases from 0.00015 kg/s to 0.01 kg/s. The error analysis shows that both experimental and simulation results are in good agreement. View Full-Text
Keywords: photovoltaic/thermal; solar collector; single pass; 1D steady-state photovoltaic/thermal; solar collector; single pass; 1D steady-state
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Khalili, N.N.W.; Othman, M.; Abu Bakar, M.N.; Abdullah, L. Modelling of a Single Passage Air PV/T Solar Collector: Experimental and Simulation Design. Processes 2020, 8, 763.

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