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The Effect of Booster Reflectors on the Photovoltaic Water Pumping System Performance

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H. Tabaei

Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering,  Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman, Iran 7616914111; Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Center,  Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman, Iran 7616914111tabaei.hamid@gmail.com

M. Ameri1

Department of Mechanical Engineering, College of Engineering,  Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman, Iran 7616914111; Energy and Environmental Engineering Research Center,  Shahid Bahonar University of Kerman, Kerman, Iran 7616914111tabaei.hamid@gmail.com

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J. Sol. Energy Eng 134(1), 014501 (Nov 29, 2011) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.4005339 History: Received April 17, 2011; Revised October 01, 2011; Published November 29, 2011; Online November 29, 2011

In this work, the experimental results of a designed and installed photovoltaic water pump system with static concentrator are presented. The tests have been conducted in outdoor condition in Kerman (Latitude 30 deg 17′ and longitude 57 deg 50′), Iran. The performance of photovoltaic water pumping system is evaluated for both stainless steel 304 and aluminum foil reflectors. Through this study, it is found that the performance of the photovoltaic (PV) water pumping system was improved by using these two types of reflectors; but results show that aluminum foil reflector is more efficient than stainless steel 304 reflector. Measurements indicate that output power from the PV panels can be increased in the order of 14% and 8.5% due to the use of aluminum foil and stainless steel 304 reflectors, respectively.

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The experimental setup consists of PV modules equipped with the booster reflector (a) stainless steel 304 reflector (b) aluminum foil reflector

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(a) Comparison of module power with and without booster reflectors (b) comparison of pump flow rates with and without booster reflectors

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Comparison of module temperature with and without booster reflectors

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(a) Variation of module voltage with and without booster reflectors (b) variation of module current with and without booster reflectors

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