Special Issue "Solar Photovoltaics and Solar Thermal Energy Systems"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Energy".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 23 October 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Sourav Khanna
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Guest Editor
School of Energy & Electronic Engineering, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth PO1 3DJ, UK
Interests: solar photovoltaics; solar thermal energy; concentrating solar power; thermal energy storage; demand-side management

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The journal Energies is pleased to invite you to submit research and/or review papers to a Special Issue on “Solar Photovoltaics and Solar Thermal Energy Systems”. Solar energy has huge potential for providing electricity, space heating and cooling, water heating, energy storage, solar cooking, drying, distillation, industrial process heat, and much more. This Special Issue aims to present new research findings as well as reviews of significant work in the field of solar photovoltaic systems, solar thermal energy systems, thermal energy storage, and hybrid solar systems. Potential topics include but are not limited to photovoltaic systems, electric vehicle charging using photovoltaics, photovoltaic glazing, photovoltaic thermal collectors, thermal management of photovoltaics, thermal management of concentrating photovoltaics, hybrid solar systems, optics of concentrators, thermal energy storage, phase change material, solar water heater, solar air heater, solar still, concentrating solar power, parabolic trough, Fresnel reflectors, heliostat field, paraboloid dish, energy conservation in buildings, thermal management of buildings, and demand-side management.

We look forward to your contribution in this Special Issue.

Dr. Sourav Khanna
Guest Editor

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Keywords

  • solar energy
  • solar power
  • photovoltaics
  • photovoltaic glazing
  • building integrated photovoltaics
  • photovoltaic thermal collector
  • electric vehicle
  • hybrid solar systems
  • concentrating photovoltaics
  • optics of concentrators
  • demand-side management
  • solar thermal
  • thermal energy storage
  • phase change material
  • solar water heater
  • solar air heater
  • distillation
  • concentrating solar power
  • parabolic trough
  • Fresnel reflector
  • heliostat
  • paraboloid dish

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Effect of Soiling on Solar Photovoltaic Performance under Desert Climatic Conditions
Energies 2021, 14(3), 659; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14030659 - 28 Jan 2021
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The solar irradiation at the gulf Arabia is considered one of the highest in the world. However, this region is classified as a desert with high dust accumulation. Thus, the objective of this study is to analyze the effect of soiling and the [...] Read more.
The solar irradiation at the gulf Arabia is considered one of the highest in the world. However, this region is classified as a desert with high dust accumulation. Thus, the objective of this study is to analyze the effect of soiling and the photovoltaic (PV) tilt angle on the performance of 2.0 MWp of car park PV plant in Oman. Experimental measurements were taken and a model was developed for simulation. The power generation by the cleaned PV system was measured as 1460 kW around noon. After one week of operation, the power production (at the same irradiance level) reduced to 1390 kW due to soiling. It further reduced to 1196 kW and 904 kW after three and five weeks of operation, respectively. The results also show that a soiling-percentage of 7.5% reduced the monthly electricity generation (307 MWh) by 5.6% and a soiling-percentage of 12.5% reduced the generation by 10.8%. Furthermore, the increase in tilt is not recommended due to the duo-pitch canopy effect of the car park where the panels with 180° azimuth generate lower electricity than the panels with 0° azimuth. In addition, the part of the car park with 180° azimuth caused shading to the other part for high tilt angles. Full article
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Investigation of Inorganic Phase Change Material for a Semi-Transparent Photovoltaic (STPV) Module
Energies 2020, 13(14), 3582; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13143582 - 11 Jul 2020
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The semi-transparent photovoltaic (STPV) module is an emerging technology to harness the solar energy in the building. Nowadays, buildings are turning from energy consumers to energy producers due to the integration of the STPV module on the building envelopes and facades. In this [...] Read more.
The semi-transparent photovoltaic (STPV) module is an emerging technology to harness the solar energy in the building. Nowadays, buildings are turning from energy consumers to energy producers due to the integration of the STPV module on the building envelopes and facades. In this research, the STPV module was integrated on the rooftop window of the experimental room at Kovilpatti (9°10′0″ N, 77°52′0″ E), Tamil Nadu, India. The performance of the STPV modules varies with respect to the geographical location, incident solar radiation, and surface temperature of the module. The surface temperature of the STPV module was regulated by the introduction of the mixture of graphene oxide and sodium sulphate decahydrate (Na2SO4·10H2O). The various concentration of the graphene oxide was mixed together with the Na2SO4·10H2O to enhance the thermal conductivity. The thermal conductivity of the mixture 0.3 concentration was found to be optimum from the analysis. The instantaneous peak temperature of the semi-transparent photovoltaic phase change material (STPV-PCM) module was reduced to 9 °C during summer compared to the reference STPV. At the same time, the energy conversion efficiency was increased by up to 9.4% compared to the conventional STPV module. Due to the incorporation of the graphene oxide and Na2SO4·10H2O, the daily output power production of the STPV module was improved by 12.16%. Full article
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Adjusting the Single-Diode Model Parameters of a Photovoltaic Module with Irradiance and Temperature
Energies 2020, 13(12), 3226; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13123226 - 22 Jun 2020
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This paper presents a concise discussion and an investigation of the most literature-reported methods for modifying the lumped-circuit parameters of the single-diode model (SDM) of a photovoltaic (PV) module, to suit the prevailing climatic conditions of irradiance and temperature. These parameters provide the [...] Read more.
This paper presents a concise discussion and an investigation of the most literature-reported methods for modifying the lumped-circuit parameters of the single-diode model (SDM) of a photovoltaic (PV) module, to suit the prevailing climatic conditions of irradiance and temperature. These parameters provide the designer of a PV system with an essential design and simulation tool to maximize the efficiency of the system. The parameter modification methods were tested using three commercially available PV modules of different PV technologies, namely monocrystalline, multicrystalline, and thin film types. The SDM parameters of the three test modules were extracted under standard test conditions (STC) using a well-established numerical technique. Using these STC parameters as reference values, the parameter adjustment methods were subsequently deployed to calculate the modified parameters of the SDM under various operating conditions of temperature and irradiance using MATLAB-based software. The accuracy and effectiveness of these methods were evaluated by a comparison between the calculated and measured values of the modified parameters. Full article
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