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Basic Characteristics of a Compact PV/T Simulator

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Erkata Yandri, Naoto Hagino, Kazutaka Itako, Hiro Yoshida

Kanagawa Institute of Technology, Atsugi, Kanagawa, Japan

Paper No. ICONE20-POWER2012-54216, pp. 781-785; 5 pages
  • 2012 20th International Conference on Nuclear Engineering and the ASME 2012 Power Conference
  • Volume 4: Codes, Standards, Licensing, and Regulatory Issues; Fuel Cycle, Radioactive Waste Management and Decommissioning; Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) and Coupled Codes; Instrumentation and Controls; Fuels and Combustion, Materials Handling, Emissions; Advanced Energy Systems and Renewables (Wind, Solar, Geothermal); Performance Testing and Performance Test Codes
  • Anaheim, California, USA, July 30–August 3, 2012
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division, Power Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4498-4
  • Copyright © 2012 by ASME


This paper presents the development and experimental results of photovoltaic and thermal hybrid (PV/T) simulator. The light source of the simulator consists of 16 halogen lamps with 4×4 arrangements. The PV/T collector is constructed from the mono-crystalline type of PV cell and backed by the 8 mm thick polyvinyl chloride (PVC) thermal collector. In order to understand and evaluate precise behavior of PV/T system, we applied 3 different mass flow rates; 200, 250, and 300 g/min. The result shows that the PV output behavior of the simulator for the radiation seems to be similar to that done under the sunlight experiment. At certain surface temperatures of PV, the collector thermal efficiency of PV/T system increases with the mass flow rate. This may be due to the internal heating of the PV cell.

Copyright © 2012 by ASME



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