BAPV arrays: Side-by-side comparison with and without fan cooling

Saurabh Chatterjee, Govindasamy Tamizhmani

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    10 Scopus citations

    Abstract

    The hot stagnant air underneath the BAPV (building applied photovoltaics) arrays can be extracted to improve the array lifetime, performance and thermal uniformity, and can also be used for residential space heating and water heating. This work is an effort to compare and understand the effect of fan cooling on the temperature of rooftop photovoltaic modules by comparing two side-by-side arrays (control array without fan cooling and test array with fan cooling) under identical ambient conditions of irradiance, air temperature, wind speed and wind direction. This work investigates the effect of fan cooling on the performance, thermal uniformity under low/high wind speed conditions and the thermal models previously developed at Arizona State University.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationProgram - 38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2012
    Pages537-542
    Number of pages6
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Nov 26 2012
    Event38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2012 - Austin, TX, United States
    Duration: Jun 3 2012Jun 8 2012

    Publication series

    NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
    ISSN (Print)0160-8371

    Other

    Other38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2012
    CountryUnited States
    CityAustin, TX
    Period6/3/126/8/12

    Keywords

    • Building applied photovoltaics
    • rooftop PV
    • thermal effect

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Control and Systems Engineering
    • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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