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Abstract

The objectives of this program are the design, construction and the evaluation of a hybrid photovoltaic (photovoltaic)-photothermal collector. In this type of system, the heat that is dissipated from the solar cells can be used as a thermal energy source. In particular, a hybrid quasi-static concentrator system has been considered. Only small changes in the collector tilt angle during the year eliminated the need for sun tracking during the day. However, hybrid operation of photovoltaic and thermal systems offers several trade-offs regarding optimal performance. The photovoltaic performance of such a panel is compromised by both the reflections from the front cover glass and the typically higher than ambient operating temperatures. The thermal performance is subsequently limited by the absorber plate constructed of silicon solar cells. A realistic feasibility study of an energy supply system for a travel trailer has been made using a computer program simulating the entire photovoltaic thermal solar system, from the incident solar radiation to the electrical energy output and sanitary hot water draw-off. Finally an economic analysis of the hybrid solar collector was made. For summer time cabins, situated in remote areas, this type of hybrid collector offers an economical solution to grid hookup.

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Authors: VAN OVERSTRAETEN R, KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN (BELGIUM);DUTRE W KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN (BELGIUM), KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN (BELGIUM)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 8194 EN (1984) MF, 89 P., BFR 120, EUROFFICE, LUXEMBOURG POB 1003
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Record Number: 1989122024100 / Last updated on: 1987-01-01
Category: PUBLICATION
Available languages: en