A Numerical Evaluation of the Effect of Building Thermal Load on the Overall Performance Characteristic of a Grid-Coupled PV/T Energy System

Authors

  • Abakar Yousif Abdalla Department of Mechanical, Materials & Manufacturing, The University of Nottingham Malaysia, 43500 Semenyih, Malaysia
  • Zwalnan Selfa Johnson Department of Mechanical, Materials & Manufacturing, The University of Nottingham Malaysia, 43500 Semenyih, Malaysia
  • Shanmugam Anandan Department of Electrical and Electronics, The University of Nottingham Malaysia, 43500 Semenyih, Malaysia
  • Chan Andy Tak-Yee Department of Mechanical, Materials & Manufacturing, The University of Nottingham Malaysia, 43500 Semenyih, Malaysia
  • Su Yuehong Department of Energy and Built Environment, The University of Nottingham, United Kingdom

Keywords:

Efficiency, solar fraction, PVT collector, emissivity

Abstract

The primary aim of the cooling water in the direct-cool PVT collector is to reduce the module’s temperature. However, this objective may oppose raising the thermal output if the cooling water’s appropriate size is not determined. A numerical analysis of the impact of the scale of the hot water demand on a grid-integrated hybrid energy system’s overall performance is investigated using TRNSYS software in this study. It was found that the size of the hot water demand significantly determines the temperature of the module and the energy it produces. The low-emittance collector is about 200% more susceptible to changes in the hot water demand scale than the high-emittance collector.  Although the high-emittance collector produces higher power than the low-emissivity collector, its thermal energy production is about 38% lower. Overall, the low emissivity collector produces more energy than the high emissivity collector, and this difference in performance becomes more pronounced as the overall demand for thermal energy grows. Therefore, for building applications where the goal is to meet power and a high amount of hot water demand, the low emissivity collector is recommended. On the other hand, if the goal is to improve the power production solely, the high emissivity collector is the most appropriate.

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Published

2021-05-12

How to Cite

Abakar Yousif Abdalla, Zwalnan Selfa Johnson, Shanmugam Anandan, Chan Andy Tak-Yee, & Su Yuehong. (2021). A Numerical Evaluation of the Effect of Building Thermal Load on the Overall Performance Characteristic of a Grid-Coupled PV/T Energy System. Journal of Advanced Research in Numerical Heat Transfer, 4(1), 32–43. Retrieved from https://www.akademiabaru.com/submit/index.php/arnht/article/view/3798

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