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Research on the Performance of Flat-box PV/T Collector with Cooling Channels

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Zhang Heng

School of Energy, Power and Mechanical Engineering, North China Electric Power University, Beijing, China, 102206
zhangchongheng@hotmail.com

Liu Haowen

School of Energy, Power and Mechanical Engineering, North China Electric Power University, Beijing, China, 102206
liu_haowen@hotmail.com

Chen Haiping

School of Energy, Power and Mechanical Engineering, North China Electric Power University, Beijing, China, 102206
hdchenhaiping@163.com

Guo Xinxin

School of Energy, Power and Mechanical Engineering, North China Electric Power University, Beijing, China, 102206
694651307@qq.com

Liang Kai

School of Energy, Power and Mechanical Engineering, North China Electric Power University, Beijing, China, 102206
906352487@qq.com

Yao Pengbo

School of Energy, Power and Mechanical Engineering, North China Electric Power University, Beijing, China, 102206
455195587@qq.com

1Corresponding author.

ASME doi:10.1115/1.4038621 History: Received July 24, 2017; Revised November 09, 2017

Abstract

Photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) collector is a novel collector which incorporates photovoltaic power generation and low temperature heat utilization of solar energy. Based on the three-dimensional physical model of flat-box PV/T collector established in Fluent, the energy conversion and heat transfer process are simulated by CFD software. This paper analyzes and compares the effect of different tube heights, flow rates, inlet temperature, wind speed and ambient temperature on the performance of the collector. By analyzing and comparing the simulated and experimental results, the thermal and electric efficiencies of the collector and temperature distributions on each solar cell under different flow rates were obtained.

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