Design of a Photovoltaic/Thermal Hybrid Concentrator for Residential Applications

Edwards, Glen (2009). Design of a Photovoltaic/Thermal Hybrid Concentrator for Residential Applications Honours Thesis, School of Engineering, The University of Queensland.

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Author Edwards, Glen
Thesis Title Design of a Photovoltaic/Thermal Hybrid Concentrator for Residential Applications
School, Centre or Institute School of Engineering
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2009
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Bo Feng
Total pages 94
Language eng
Subjects 0913 Mechanical Engineering
Formatted abstract
Public acceptance and appreciation for alternative energy has grown considerably in the past few years, particularly when considering photovoltaic systems and solar hot water heaters. However  the initial investment required for such systems restricts its greater acceptance, particularly  when photovoltaic cells are involved.

This thesis discusses the investigation carried out into the feasibility of using solar  concentration as a means of reducing the cost of these residential photovoltaic modules. The  premise of solar concentrators is that expensive silicon cells are replaced with optics that can be  manufactured utilizing inexpensive materials such aluminium and plastic. In addition to reducing  the size of the photovoltaic cells, it is proposed that waste heat which is generated during  photovoltaic conversion be captured and used in the local hot water system.

Hybrid photovoltaic/solar thermal (PV/T) systems, as they are known, can simultaneously provide  electrical and thermal energy, achieving a higher energy conversion rate of the absorbed solar  radiation. This will not only increase solar energy captured but also reduce the cost to the  consumer.
This report outlines all work conducted towards the development of a concentrated  photovoltaic/solar thermal hybrid system. It details the design decisions undertaken and the  rationale for them, in an effort to assist future work in this area.

The design is predominantly concerned with material and thermal analysis as the physical loading is  not expected to be significant, although where appropriate, the stress and deformation analysis has  been carried out with the aid of Finite Element Analysis (FEA).

Computer Aided Drawings (CAD) have also been produced to assist with the visualization of the final  design. The final CAD model of the photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) hybrid module is depicted below.

Keyword Thermal Hybrid Concentrator

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