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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2018, Article ID 7978901, 9 pages
Research Article

Photovoltaic Energy-Assisted Electrocoagulation of a Synthetic Textile Effluent

1Unidad Académica Profesional-Acolman, Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México, Camino de Caleros No. 11, Ejidos de Santa Catarina, Acolman, MEX, Mexico
2Instituto Nacional de Electricidad y Energías Limpias, Av. Reforma 113, Col. Palmira, 62490 Cuernavaca, MOR, Mexico

Correspondence should be addressed to Thelma Beatriz Pavón-Silva;

Received 13 July 2017; Revised 9 October 2017; Accepted 7 November 2017; Published 7 March 2018

Academic Editor: Carlos A. Martínez-Huitle

Copyright © 2018 Thelma Beatriz Pavón-Silva 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.


The feasibility of using photovoltaic modules to power a continuous 14 L electrochemical reactor applied to remove an azo dye with an efficiency of 70% is reported. The photovoltaic modules were directly connected, and the system efficiency was observed properly maintained when currents were applied in the range of 2.5 to 7.9 A. This value depends on solar radiation. Likewise, it was found that the efficiency depends mainly on the current density and the flow rate prevailing in the reactor.