A Finite Difference Model of A PV-PCM System

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The performances of a photovoltaic panel (PV) are defined according to the “peak power” that identifies the maximum electric power supplied by the panel when it receives an insolation of 1 kW/m2 and the temperature of the cell is maintained at 25°C. These conditions are only nominal since the solar radiation has a variable intensity andalso the panel is subjected to thermal excursions; due to these reasons the real power efficiency of the panel is considerably lower than that obtainable in the nominal conditions.The study focused on assessing a method to reduce the peak temperatures of PV systems using Phase Change Materials (PCM). To this aim it was created a numerical model capable to describe the behaviour of a PV-PCM systems. The results were validated and compared with real data obtained from a test facility.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Numero di pagine9
Stato di pubblicazionePublished - 2012

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