Title: Experimental performance assessment of single glazing flat plate solar photovoltaic thermal (PV/T) hybrid system

Authors: B. Srimanickam; M.M. Vijayalakshmi; E. Natarajan

Addresses: Institute for Energy Studies, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Anna University, Chennai 600025, India ' Institute for Energy Studies, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Anna University, Chennai 600025, India ' Institute for Energy Studies, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Anna University, Chennai 600025, India

Abstract: In this paper, an attempt has been made to analyse the performance assessment of single glazing flat plate solar photovoltaic thermal (PV/T) hybrid system. The solar radiation, current, voltage and ambient temperature are the prominent parameters used to calculate the electrical and electrical-thermal efficiency. The experiments have been performed under forced convection mode of operation during the year 2013-2014 with the operation of blower for three day in every month. For each month, two sets of experiments have been carried out and readings are incorporated. The experimental results are in good agreement with the previous studies. Finally, the electrical and electrical-thermal efficiency of PV/T hybrid system is found to be about 12.40% and 34.43%, respectively.

Keywords: flat plates; photovoltaic-thermal hybrid system; electrical efficiency; electrical-thermal efficiency; experimental setup; forced convection; single glazing; conversion factor; electronic monitoring unit; performance evaluation; solar energy; solar power; solar radiation; current; voltage; ambient temperature.

DOI: 10.1504/PIE.2015.073081

Progress in Industrial Ecology, An International Journal, 2015 Vol.9 No.2, pp.111 - 120

Available online: 13 Nov 2015 *

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