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Designs 2018, 2(3), 29; https://doi.org/10.3390/designs2030029

Design and Fabrication of Absorptive/Reflective Crossed CPC PV/T System

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School of Engineering and Physical Sciences, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh EH14 4AS, UK
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School of Engineering, Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen AB10 7JG, UK
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Received: 14 July 2018 / Revised: 26 July 2018 / Accepted: 27 July 2018 / Published: 6 August 2018
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A crossed compound parabolic concentrator (CCPC) is a non-imaging concentrator which is a modified form of a circular 3D compound parabolic concentrator (CPC) obtained by orthogonal intersection of two 2D CPCs that have an optical efficiency in line with that of 3D CPC. The present work is about the design and fabrication of a new generation of solar concentrator: the hybrid photovoltaic (PV)/thermal absorptive/reflective CCPC module. The module has a 4× CCPC structure truncated to have a concentration of 3.6× with a half acceptance angle of 30°. Furthermore, an experimental rig was also fabricated to test the performance of the module and its feasibility in real applications such as building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV). 3D printing and Computer Numerical Control (CNC) milling technologies were utilized to manufacture the absorber and reflective parts of the module. View Full-Text
Keywords: solar energy; solar concentrator; photovoltaics; thermal energy; design; CCPC; absorbent; reflective and heat exchanger solar energy; solar concentrator; photovoltaics; thermal energy; design; CCPC; absorbent; reflective and heat exchanger
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Aykapadathu, M.; Nazarinia, M.; Sellami, N. Design and Fabrication of Absorptive/Reflective Crossed CPC PV/T System. Designs 2018, 2, 29.

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