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Performance Assessment of a New Air-Based Building-Integrated Photovoltaic Thermal Solar Collector
V. Delisle, J.-T. Kim, J. Kim, A. Gagne, J. Ayoub
Electrical Performance, Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV), Heat Recovery
PV System Performance and Integration
Subtopic: Building, Infrastructure and Landscape Applications
Event: 33rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 6BV.3.58
2590 - 2595
ISBN: 3-936338-47-7
Paper DOI: 10.4229/EUPVSEC20172017-6BV.3.58
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Document(s): paper, poster


Building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) technology is an active building envelope component that converts solar energy into electricity. When thermal energy is harvested, BIPV produces both thermal and electrical energy using the same building surface area. This article presents the performance of a new design of a BIPV module with thermal energy recovery that uses air as the heat recovery fluid (BIPVT/a). Two units of the newly developed prototype were tested indoors in a solar simulator under various operating conditions to obtain the steady-state thermal performance. At an irradiance level of 1005 W/m² and still air, a temperature rise of 54°C was measured at a flowrate of 55 kg/h. The BIPVT/a prototype was also mounted outdoors for a period of eight months to complete the electrical characterization and evaluate the thermal and electrical performance under transient conditions. With the measurements obtained, a model to predict the operating cells temperature from the ambient conditions and the fluid outlet temperature was developed. This model captures the interaction between the module thermal and electrical yield.