The photovoltaic thermal hybrid (PVT) collectors, which simultaneously produce electricity and heat, are an alternative to photovoltaic modules and thermal collectors installed separately. Indeed, the heat extracted from the solar cell is used to heat water or air, thereby cooling the cell, and thus increasing its energy efficiency. This paper deals with a hybrid PVT air collector in which a new design has been proposed and tested. Its principle is based on the return of the preheating air to a second heating. The air thus passes twice under the solar cells before being evacuated to the outside of the collector (for space heating). The system is modular and expandable to cover large spaces to be heated. The experimental results of this novel design are presented and discussed under both normal and forced circulation. This technique of air return shows favorable results in terms of the quality of the heated air and electric power generation.
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Research Article| February 23 2017
Investigation of a hybrid PVT air collector system
AIP Conf. Proc. 1814, 020049 (2017)
S. Haddad, K. Touafek, M. Mordjaoui, A. Khelifa, I. Tabet; Investigation of a hybrid PVT air collector system. AIP Conf. Proc. 23 February 2017; 1814 (1): 020049. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.4976268
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