Title: Exergy analysis of a novel concentrated photovoltaic-thermoelectric system

Authors: Aminu Yusuf; Sedat Ballikaya

Addresses: Department of Electrical and Electronics Engineering, Istanbul University-Cerrahpaşa, Avcılar, 34320, Turkey ' Department of Physics, Istanbul University, Fatih, 34452, Turkey

Abstract: Exergy analysis of a thermodynamic system is carried out to identify sources, causes and magnitude of both reversible and irreversible losses and its usefulness as a tool in improving the performance of a system. Herein, an exergy analysis of a novel concentrated photovoltaic-thermoelectric system is presented. Results showed that losses increase with increase in the optical concentration ratio and at high optical concentration ratio; it is more beneficial to lower the efficiency temperature coefficient than to increase the energy conversion efficiency of the photovoltaic system.

Keywords: concentrator; copper plate; exergy efficiency; hybrid system; irreversibilities; microchannel heat sink; optical concentration ratio; reference efficiency; photovoltaic; temperature coefficient; thermal resistance; thermoelectric module.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEX.2022.10049336

International Journal of Exergy, 2022 Vol.39 No.1, pp.117 - 127

Received: 19 Jul 2021
Accepted: 18 Dec 2021

Published online: 08 Aug 2022 *

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