Thermal and electrical performance of a PV module integrated with double layers of water-saturated MEPCM

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Abstract

The efficacy of using double layers of microencapsulated phase change material (MEPCM) layers as a passive thermal management medium for a photovoltaic (PV) module under practical operation conditions was evaluated by CFD numerical simulations. In an attempt to use the latent heat absorption by the system in summer and winter seasons, a high melting point MEPCM layer was combined with a low melting point MEPCM layer. In this way, the PV cell can be hopefully used in a variety of environmental conditions, thereby increasing the benefits and convenience of the system for practical applications. Based on the simulation results for the double-layer PV/MEPCM cell under winter and summer conditions, a total layer thickness of 3 cm was recommended, consisting of a 0.5-cm-thick low melting point (26 °C) layer and a 2.5-cm-thick high melting point (30 °C) layer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1120-1133
Number of pages14
JournalApplied Thermal Engineering
Volume123
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Jan 1

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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