This paper presents the effect of the front surface water cooling on performance parameters (solar cell temperature, back surface temperature, outlet water temperature, electrical efficiency, overall efficiency, etc.) of photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) module in both winter and summer seasons in Indian climatic conditions. A mathematical model of PV/T module considering energy balance equations has also been presented. A comparative analysis of performance parameters obtained analytically and experimentally has also been presented. A fair agreement has also been found between analytical and experimental results which is supported by correlation coefficient of approximately unity and root mean square error of 10–14%. By front surface water cooling, solar cell and back surface temperature of PV/T module have been found to decrease considerably which in turn resulted in enhanced electrical and overall efficiency of module in winter and summer seasons.
Efficiency Enhancement of Photovoltaic/Thermal Module Using Front Surface Cooling Technique in Winter and Summer Seasons: An Experimental Investigation
Contributed by the Advanced Energy Systems Division of ASME for publication in the Journal of Energy Resources Technology. Manuscript received May 28, 2018; final manuscript received February 12, 2019; published online March 27, 2019. Assoc. Editor: Esmail M. A. Mokheimer.
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Sainthiya, H., and Beniwal, N. S. (March 27, 2019). "Efficiency Enhancement of Photovoltaic/Thermal Module Using Front Surface Cooling Technique in Winter and Summer Seasons: An Experimental Investigation." ASME. J. Energy Resour. Technol. September 2019; 141(9): 091201. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4043133
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