International Journal of Photoenergy

Solar PV/Thermal Research


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1University of Hull, Yorkshire, UK

2University of Porto, Porto, Portugal

3University of Science and Technology of China, Guangdong, China


Solar PV/Thermal Research

Description

It is clear that solar thermal and power systems will play an important role in the future energy supply. Recent governmental schemes addressed that by 2050, the solar photovoltaic (PV) will generate nearly 11% of global electricity while the solar thermal will deliver about 50% of the low and medium temperature heat in the EU. The global solar market has achieved over €25 billion in 2013 and its annual growth rate is anticipated to be 10% over the next 5 years.

Solar thermal and power are usually two different technologies that make use of solar thermal collectors and photovoltaic (PV) modules separately. Most solar thermal collectors are built on the straight heat pipe or panel absorber technology and installed on the building roofs and walls. These thermal devices have the problems of long water piping run, large flow resistance, large heat loss, and winter freezing potential, which have restricted their wider applications. Most PV modules are installed onto the building façade; this installation would trap significant amount of heat behind the PVs that would lead to the increased PV temperature and decreased PVs electrical efficiency.

To make efficient use of solar resource and, in particular, to enhance the PVs’ electrical efficiency, a technology incorporating the PV modules and solar thermal collectors into an integrated unit has recently been investigated. This technology, termed as PV/Thermal (PV/T), made use of air, water, PCM fluids, refrigerants, or heat-pipe fluids as the cooling medium that was passed across the rear channels of the PV modules, removed the trapped heat from the PVs and brought it into the building space for providing space heating and hot water. As a result, the PVs were cooled and their electrical efficiency was increased and the trapped heat behind the PVs was effectively used, leading to enhanced solar overall efficiency.

We invite investigators to contribute original research articles as well as review articles that will stimulate the continuous efforts on understanding the operational principles of the various PV/T systems, development of innovative materials, or configurations in relation to PV/T, characterisation, or assessment of energy and social-economic performance of the PV/T systems, as well as analyses of their applications in buildings and other occasions. We are particularly interested in articles describing the new materials, methods, theories, or practical innovations that can help enhance the thermal and power performance of the PV/T technologies.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Recent development in PV/T research
  • Advance in materials
  • Advance in structures and configurations
  • New theories or methods applied in simulation
  • New approaches to assess the social-economical performance
  • Innovative applications in various occasions

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 2396973
  • - Editorial

Solar PV/Thermal Research

Xudong Zhao | Clito Afonso | Jie Ji
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 2653560
  • - Research Article

Behavior of Photovoltaic System during Solar Eclipse in Prague

Martin Libra | Pavel Kouřím | Vladislav Poulek
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 9698070
  • - Research Article

Competitiveness Level of Photovoltaic Solar Systems in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso): Study Based on the Domestic Electric Meters Calibration

Konan Lambert Amani | Raguilignaba Sam | François Zougmoré
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 5410759
  • - Research Article

Design and Implementation of Automatic Wheat Mower Based on Smart Sensor Fed by a Photovoltaic

Hikmet Esen | Abdullah Kapicioglu | Onur Ozsolak
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 907282
  • - Research Article

Safety Analysis of Solar Module under Partial Shading

Wei He | Fengshou Liu | ... | Hongbing Chen
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 545831
  • - Research Article

Method to Calculate the Electricity Generated by a Photovoltaic Cell, Based on Its Mathematical Model Simulations in MATLAB

Carlos Morcillo-Herrera | Fernando Hernández-Sánchez | Manuel Flota-Bañuelos
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 256101
  • - Review Article

Price-Efficiency Relationship for Photovoltaic Systems on a Global Basis

Mehmet Sait Cengiz | Mehmet Salih Mamiş
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 537538
  • - Research Article

Electrical and Thermal Performance Analysis for a Highly Concentrating Photovoltaic/Thermal System

Ning Xu | Jie Ji | ... | Zhuling Jin
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 863248
  • - Research Article

PID Testing Method Suitable for Process Control of Solar Cells Mass Production

Xianfang Gou | Xiaoyan Li | ... | Qingsong Huang
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2015
  • - Article ID 191603
  • - Research Article

Experimental Investigation of the Effects of Partial Shading on Photovoltaic Cells’ Electrical Parameters

W. B. Xiao | F. Y. Hu | ... | H. M. Wu
International Journal of Photoenergy
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