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Thermal performance of semitransparent CdTe BIPV window at temperate climate.

Alrashidi, Hameed; Ghosh, Aritra; Issa, Walid; Sellami, Nazmi; Mallick, Tapas. K.; Sundaram, Senthilarasu


Hameed Alrashidi

Aritra Ghosh

Walid Issa

Nazmi Sellami

Tapas. K. Mallick

Senthilarasu Sundaram


Semi-transparent photovoltaic (PV) technology is attractive for building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) due to its ability to lower the admitted solar heat gain, to control the penetrating daylight and to generate onsite benevolent direct current power. In this work, semi-transparent cadmium telluride (CdTe) based BIPV as window was experimentally characterized using outdoor test cell in temperate UK climate. Spectral measurement confirmed its 25% visible transmission and 12% solar transmission. Thermal transmission and solar heat gain coefficient were calculated from measured thermal data. Overall heat transfer coefficient (U-value) of 2.7 W/m2 K was found for outdoor and indoor characterization of CdTe BIPV window. A comparison with single glazed window has been produced emphasis its feasibility for Facade buildings.


ALRASHIDI, H., GHOSH, A., ISSA, W., SELLAMI, N., MALLICK, T.K. and SUNDARAM, S. 2020. Thermal performance of semitransparent CdTe BIPV window at temperate climate. Solar energy [online], 195, pages 536-543. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 25, 2019
Online Publication Date Dec 3, 2019
Publication Date Jan 1, 2020
Deposit Date Feb 6, 2020
Publicly Available Date Dec 4, 2020
Journal Solar Energy
Print ISSN 0038-092X
Electronic ISSN 1471-1257
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 195
Pages 536-543
Keywords Thermal performance of glazing; Semi-transparent photovoltaic technology; Photovoltaic technology
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