Experimental evaluation of a Hybrid Photovoltaic/Solar Thermal (HyPV/T) Façade Module

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The Energy Performance of Buildings Directive and Renewable Energy Framework Directive require that Renewable Energy Systems (RES) are actively promoted in offsetting conventional fossil fuel use in buildings. A better appreciation of solar systems integration will directly support this objective, leading to an increased uptake in the application of renewables in buildings. By integrating these systems into the building elements (walls, roofs, etc.) not only means replacing a conventional building material (and associated costs), but also aesthetically integrating it into the building design leads to improved architectural integration.A modular Hybrid Photovoltaic/Solar Thermal (HyPV/T) Façade technology that utilizes Integrated Collector Storage (ICS) solar technology, providing cost effective solar PV and thermal energy collection for direct use in the building, whilst providing significant thermal insulation has been developed and evaluated experimentally at Ulster University. The HyPV/T system, based upon a patented ICS solar thermal diode concept and shaped into a flat modular profile incorporating PV cells/module can provide space heating, domestic water heating and power generation. The complete system is designed to be compatible with traditional façade structures and fenestration framing arrangements, facilitating direct integration into new and retrofit building applications.The experimental thermal performance of a prototype HyPV/T unit has been determined under constant indoor solar simulated conditions. The thermal and electrical performances of various modified HyPV/T designs have been investigated and the thermal collection efficiencies, ‘diodicity’ and heat loss performance are presented. The ability for a single product to offer multiple functionality in a unique modular design and being the first to use ICS technology, presents a huge commercial opportunity. The HyPV/T whilst offering a more cost effective solar investment will combine performance and quality and be fit for purpose, robust, visually appealing and exceptionally easy to install. These characteristics are expected in all premium solar collector-related products.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationUnknown Host Publication
EditorsSoteris Kalogirou
PublisherEuropean Cooperation in Science and Technology
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-9963-697-17-5
Publication statusPublished online - Jul 2015
EventEURO ELECS 2015 Conference - Guimarães, Portugal
Duration: 1 Jul 2015 → …


ConferenceEURO ELECS 2015 Conference
Period1/07/15 → …
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  • Building integration
  • modular
  • hybrid
  • PV/T
  • façade
  • Integrated Collector Storage (ICS)
  • thermal diode


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