Evaluation of alternative cooling techniques for photovoltaic panels

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dc.contributor Baker, John
dc.contributor Sharif, Muhammad Ali Rob
dc.contributor.advisor Woodbury, Keith A.
dc.contributor.author Najafi, Hamidreza
dc.date.accessioned 2017-03-01T16:34:04Z
dc.date.available 2017-03-01T16:34:04Z
dc.date.issued 2012
dc.identifier.other u0015_0000001_0000976
dc.identifier.other Najafi_alatus_0004M_11213
dc.identifier.uri https://ir.ua.edu/handle/123456789/1463
dc.description Electronic Thesis or Dissertation
dc.description.abstract The growing worldwide demand for electricity, rising fossil fuels prices and increasing concerns about global warming, have renewed attention in renewable energies during last decades. Solar energy is the most abundant source of energy on the earth. Although technologies for converting sunlight energy to power have made a lot of progress, high capital cost and low conversion efficiency are the main hurdles for widespread use of these technologies. Using different methods in order to increase the efficiency of solar power generation and make it a more cost effective technology have been studied during years. In the present work, the use of photovoltaic panel is studied and the effect of applying tracking, concentration and cooling methods to improve the performance of the system is investigated. While using photovoltaic panels in the southeast Unites States has been judged less attractive than in other parts of the country owing to the humid climate and numerous cloudy days, in the present work the meteorological data are obtained from National Solar Radiation Database [ ] for Tuscaloosa, Alabama and the annual performance of the system is determined for operation of the system in this area. The combined use of photovoltaic cells and thermoelectric modules is another thrust of this research. Two innovative systems are proposed and investigated including combined photovoltaic-thermoelectric power generation system (PV-TEG) and combined photovoltaic-thermoelectric cooling system (PV-TEC). In the first system the TEG modules are considered to be installed in the backside of the PV panel to convert the excess heat from the PV cells to electricity. The performance of the system is evaluated under different conditions and by using the meteorological data for Tuscaloosa, AL. In the second system (PV-TEC), two different approaches are proposed and investigated in order to use the combined PV-TEC system. In the first approach, the goal is keeping the cell temperature under a specific limit while in the second approach, the goal is maximizing the output power from the system by reducing the cell temperature. All the studies are performed via computer simulation in MATLAB and the results are discussed extensively through several graphs and tables.
dc.format.extent 104 p.
dc.format.medium electronic
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf
dc.language English
dc.language.iso en_US
dc.publisher University of Alabama Libraries
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Electronic Theses and Dissertations
dc.relation.ispartof The University of Alabama Libraries Digital Collections
dc.relation.hasversion born digital
dc.rights All rights reserved by the author unless otherwise indicated.
dc.subject.other Mechanical engineering
dc.subject.other Alternative energy
dc.subject.other Energy
dc.title Evaluation of alternative cooling techniques for photovoltaic panels
dc.type thesis
dc.type text
etdms.degree.department University of Alabama. Dept. of Mechanical Engineering
etdms.degree.discipline Mechanical Engineering
etdms.degree.grantor The University of Alabama
etdms.degree.level master's
etdms.degree.name M.S.


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