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Building Applied Photovoltaic Arrays: Side-by-Side Array Comparison With and Without Fan Cooling

Abstract Building Applied Photovoltaics (BAPV) form an essential part of today's solar economy. This thesis is an effort to compare and understand the effect of fan cooling on the temperature of rooftop photovoltaic (PV) modules by comparing two side-by-side arrays (test array and control array) under identical ambient conditions of irradiance, air temperature, wind speed and wind direction. The lower operating temperature of PV modules due to fan operation mitigates array non uniformity and improves on performance. A crystalline silicon (c-Si) PV module has a light to electrical conversion efficiency of 14-20%. So on a cool sunny day with incident solar irradiance of 1000 W/m2, a PV module with 15% efficiency, will produce about only 150 watts.... (more)
Created Date 2011
Contributor Chatterjee, Saurabh (Author) / Tamizhmani, Govindasamy (Advisor) / Rogers, Bradley (Committee member) / Macia, Narciso (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Alternative energy
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 102 pages
Language English
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Note M.S.Tech Engineering 2011
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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