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Experimental investigation of a novel absorptive/reflective solar concentrator: a thermal analysis.

Dayanand, Alok; Aykapadathu, Muhsin; Sellami, Nazmi; Nazarinia, Mehdi

Authors

Alok Dayanand

Muhsin Aykapadathu

Nazmi Sellami

Mehdi Nazarinia



Abstract

This paper presents the experimental investigation of a novel cross-compound parabolic concentrator (CCPC). For the first time, a CCPC module was designed to simultaneously work as an electricity generator and collect the thermal energy present in the module which is generated due to the incident irradiation. This CCPC module consists of two regions: an absorber surface atop the rig and a reflective region below that to reflect the irradiation onto the photovoltaic (PV) cell, coupled together to form an absorptive/reflective CCPC (AR-CCPC) module. A major issue in the use of PV cells is the decrease in electrical conversion efficiency with the increase in cell temperature. This module employs an active cooling system to decrease the PV cell temperature, optimizing the electrical performance and absorbing the heat generated within the module. This system was found to have an overall efficiency of 63%, which comprises the summation of the electrical and thermal efficiency posed by the AR-CCPC module.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Mar 31, 2020
Journal Energies
Electronic ISSN 1996-1073
Publisher MDPI
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 13
Issue 5
Article Number 1281
Institution Citation DAYANAND, A., AYKAPADATHU, M., SELLAMI, N. and NAZARINIA, M. 2020. Experimental investigation of a novel absorptive/reflective solar concentrator: a thermal analysis. Energies [online], 13(5), article ID e1281. Available from: https://doi.org/10.3390/en13051281
DOI https://doi.org/10.3390/en13051281
Keywords Solar concentrator; AR-CCPC; Active cooling; Thermal analysis

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