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Parametric Investigation of Concentrating PV/T System With Spectral Filtering Utilizing a 2-D Model

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Nick Brekke, Todd Otanicar, Drew DeJarnette, Parameswar Harikumar

The University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK

Paper No. ES2015-49121, pp. V001T03A002; 9 pages
  • ASME 2015 9th International Conference on Energy Sustainability collocated with the ASME 2015 Power Conference, the ASME 2015 13th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology, and the ASME 2015 Nuclear Forum
  • Volume 1: Advances in Solar Buildings and Conservation; Climate Control and the Environment; Alternate Fuels and Infrastructure; ARPA-E; Combined Energy Cycles, CHP, CCHP, and Smart Grids; Concentrating Solar Power; Economic, Environmental, and Policy Aspects of Alternate Energy; Geothermal Energy, Harvesting, Ocean Energy and Other Emerging Technologies; Hydrogen Energy Technologies; Low/Zero Emission Power Plants and Carbon Sequestration; Micro and Nano Technology Applications and Materials
  • San Diego, California, USA, June 28–July 2, 2015
  • Conference Sponsors: Advanced Energy Systems Division, Solar Energy Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5684-0
  • Copyright © 2015 by ASME


Hybrid photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) systems are continually being investigated, in particular the use of such systems in concentrating collectors as part of the ARPA-E FOCUS program. While many combined thermal and electrical models exist, most are limited to 0-D energy balance approaches or 1-D approaches where temperature variations through insulation, glazing and substrates are considered. Here, we develop a 2-D model for a concentrating PV/T system where the model accounts for temperature variations along the length of the collector. The proposed configuration consists of a GaAs cell laminated to an aluminum extrusion. The working fluid, a transparent high temperature heat transfer fluid with suspended nanoparticles, flows through the extrusion where it actively cools the PV cell before passing in front of the cell acting as an optical filter. The model includes PV cell efficiency, temperature, and bandgap dependence, a detail often neglected in prior works. This paper focuses on PV efficiency along the length of the system and outlet fluid temperature for both counter and parallel flow arrangements. Of particular interest here is the wavelength used in the design of the fluid filter and how changing the design impacts the exergetic efficiency and percent of exergy created as heat.

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