Modeling and experimental investigation for performance enhancement of a PV module using an air cooling system in semi-arid region in Libya

Alhusayn Almalih, Yasser Aldali, Moftah Alshaikh, William Dempster

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Abstract

The main objective of this study is to experimentally and theoretically investigate the performance of a PV module with and without air cooling system PV/T under Derna City climate conditions (semi-arid region). The air collector system was fabricated and placed underneath the PV module for cooling hence a set of experimental measurements was facilitated. A mathematical model to predict electrical and thermal performance of a PV/T air collector and PV module, is developed using a MATLAB code. A comparison was made to validate the model results against their corresponding experimental data. The comparison revealed good agreement between the experimental and mathematical model results. Furthermore, the results show that electrical efficiency decreases with an increase in cell temperature. Moreover, minimum electrical efficiency is recorded at the highest cell temperature, which is found to be 9.75% based on the PV module and 10.6% for the PV/T module. As can be also observed from the results, the PV/T air collector system has higher electrical efficiency than the PV module with approximately 0.85% owing to the use of cooling system in the PV/T air collector system which reduces the cell temperature.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2022 IEEE 2nd International Maghreb Meeting of the Conference on Sciences and Techniques of Automatic Control and Computer Engineering (MI-STA)
Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
PublisherIEEE
Pages692-699
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781665479189
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2022

Keywords

  • photovoltaic systems
  • cooling
  • atmosphering modeling
  • solar power stations
  • electrical efficiency

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