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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2012, Article ID 307287, 17 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2012/307287
Review Article

Hybrid Solar: A Review on Photovoltaic and Thermal Power Integration

1Building Energy and Environmental Technology Research Unit, Division of Building Science and Technology, City University of Hong Kong, Tat Chee Avenue, Hong Kong
2Centre for Energy Studies, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, Hauz Khas, New Delhi 11 00 16, India
3CETHIL UMR 5008, Domaine Scientifique de La Doua, INSA de Lyon, 9 Rue de la Physique, 69621 Villeurbanne Cedex, France

Received 23 August 2012; Accepted 9 November 2012

Academic Editor: Mark van Der Auweraer

Copyright © 2012 T. T. Chow et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The market of solar thermal and photovoltaic electricity generation is growing rapidly. New ideas on hybrid solar technology evolve for a wide range of applications, such as in buildings, processing plants, and agriculture. In the building sector in particular, the limited building space for the accommodation of solar devices has driven a demand on the use of hybrid solar technology for the multigeneration of active power and/or passive solar devices. The importance is escalating with the worldwide trend on the development of low-carbon/zero-energy buildings. Hybrid photovoltaic/thermal (PVT) collector systems had been studied theoretically, numerically, and experimentally in depth in the past decades. Together with alternative means, a range of innovative products and systems has been put forward. The final success of the integrative technologies relies on the coexistence of robust product design/construction and reliable system operation/maintenance in the long run to satisfy the user needs. This paper gives a broad review on the published academic works, with an emphasis placed on the research and development activities in the last decade.