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Building Applied Photovoltaic Array: Thermal Modeling and Fan Cooling

Abstract Thermal modeling and investigation into heat extraction methods for building-applied photovoltaic (BAPV) systems have become important for the industry in order to predict energy production and lower the cost per kilowatt-hour (kWh) of generating electricity from these types of systems. High operating temperatures have a direct impact on the performance of BAPV systems and can reduce power output by as much as 10 to 20%. The traditional method of minimizing the operating temperature of BAPV modules has been to include a suitable air gap for ventilation between the rooftop and the modules. There has been research done at Arizona State University (ASU) which investigates the optimum air gap spacing on sufficiently spaced (2-6 inch vertical; 2... (more)
Created Date 2010
Contributor Hrica, Jonathan (Author) / Tamizhmani, Govindasamy (Advisor) / Rogers, Bradley (Committee member) / Macia, Narciso (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Alternative Energy / Building Applied / Fan Cooling / Photovoltaic / Solar / Thermal Modeling
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 59 pages
Language English
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Note M.S. Technology 2010
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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