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A Micro-generation System Using PV/heat-pipe Roof Modules


The proposed project aims to investigate a novel PV/hp (photovoltaic/heat-pipe) roof module able to work with a heat pump cycle to provide electricity and heat for buildings with enhanced efficiency. The system comprises prefabricated PV/hp roof modules that are inter-connnected and fitted into the roof truss to act as the roof finish, an electricity generator and the solar collector/evaporator for the heat pump. The system also incorporates a compressor, a condenser, an expansion valve and a heat storage device. Integration of PV and heat pipes in a prefabricated roof module will provide high efficiency in terms of solar energy conversion and roof space requirement, and in so doing, offer the potential to create a low cost solution for electricity and heat production. The PV/hp modules would be architecturally pleasing and easy to install. Specific objectives of the programme are: 1. Develop a computer model to optimise the configuration of the PV/hp roof module and the module based heat pump/micro-generation system. 2. Construct and test the optimised PV/hp modules and the module based heat pump/micro-generation system, and validate the modelling results using the test data. 3. Develop an intelligent heat utilization strategy for the system and carry out economic and environmental analyses.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/energy conversion
  • /engineering and technology/environmental engineering/energy and fuels/renewable energy/solar energy

Call for proposal

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Funding Scheme

MC-IIF - International Incoming Fellowships (IIF)


University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
United Kingdom
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 181 350,76
Administrative Contact
Paul Cartledge (Mr.)