Evaluation of phase change materials for thermal regulation enhancement of building integrated photovoltaics

Ahmed Hasan, S McCormack, M. J. Huang, B. Norton

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

220 Citations (Scopus)

Abstract

Regulating the temperature of building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV) using phase change materials (PCMs) reduces the loss of temperature dependent photovoltaic (PV) efficiency. Five PCMs were selected for evaluation all with melting temperatures 25 ± 4 °C and heat of fusion between 140 and 213 kJ/kg. Experiments were conducted at three insolation intensities to evaluate the performance of each PCM in four different PV/PCM systems. The effect on thermal regulation of PV was determined by changing the (i) mass of PCM and (ii) thermal conductivities of the PCM and PV/PCM system. A maximum temperature reduction of 18 °C was achieved for 30 min while 10 °C temperature reduction was maintained for 5 h at −1000 W/m2 insolation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1601-1612
JournalJournal of Solar Energy
Volume84
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2010

Keywords

  • Phase change materials (PCM)
  • Building integrated photovoltaics (BIPV)
  • Thermal regulation enhancement

Fingerprint Dive into the research topics of 'Evaluation of phase change materials for thermal regulation enhancement of building integrated photovoltaics'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this