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A Prototype of Hybrid Solar Power Generation System

[+] Author Affiliations
H. H. Huang

Taiwan University

N. W. Yu

Advance Thermal Devices, Inc.

Paper No. IMECE2006-13511, pp. 375-382; 8 pages
  • ASME 2006 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Energy Conversion and Resources
  • Chicago, Illinois, USA, November 5 – 10, 2006
  • Conference Sponsors: Nuclear Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4783-7 | eISBN: 0-7918-3790-4
  • Copyright © 2006 by ASME


The objectives of this research are to design a photovoltaic/thermal hybrid solar power generation system and to develop a prototype. The design factor of consideration is the fan speed which transfers heat from the solar cells to water within storage tanks and controls operational temperature of the solar cell to obtain higher efficiency of power. Therefore the system identification, simulation, and series of tests of the temperature controller are also present in this research to evaluate the performance of the design system. The results show that if operational temperature of the solar cell is set under 50°C, which the temperature error is between ± 0.1°C and we can obtain the highest heat collection efficiency ηth (0.28), the performance of the heat collection system with this well designed temperature controller is better.

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