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Cell (module) temperature regulated performance of a building integrated photovoltaic system in tropical conditions

Pillai, Rohitkumar and Aaditya, Gayathri and Mani, Monto and Ramamurthy, Praveen (2014) Cell (module) temperature regulated performance of a building integrated photovoltaic system in tropical conditions. In: RENEWABLE ENERGY, 72 . pp. 140-148.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2014.06.023


The performance of a building integrated photovoltaic system (BIPV) has to be commendable, not only on the electrical front but also on the thermal comfort front, thereby fulfilling the true responsibility of an energy providing shelter. Given the low thermal mass of BIPV systems, unintended and undesired outcomes of harnessing solar energy - such as heat gain into the building, especially in tropical regions - have to be adequately addressed. Cell (module) temperature is one critical factor that affects both the electrical and the thermal performance of such installations. The current paper discusses the impact of cell (module) temperature on both the electrical efficiency and thermal comfort by investigating the holistic performance of one such system (5.25 kW(p)) installed at the Centre for Sustainable Technologies in the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. Some recommendations (passive techniques) for improving the performance and making BIPV structures thermally comfortable have been listed out. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Copy right for this article belongs to the PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD, THE BOULEVARD, LANGFORD LANE, KIDLINGTON, OXFORD OX5 1GB, ENGLAND.
Keywords: BIPV; Cell (module) temperature; Energy efficiency; Thermal comfort; Tropical regions
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (formerly ASTRA)
Division of Mechanical Sciences > Materials Engineering (formerly Metallurgy)
Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2014 05:33
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2014 05:33
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/50211

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