Enhancing the Performance of a Photovoltaic Module Using Different Cooling Methods
Temperature effect on the performance of a photovoltaic module is one of the main concerns that face this renewable energy, especially in hot arid region, e.g. United Arab Emirates. Overheating of the PV modules reduces the open circuit voltage and the efficiency of the modules dramatically. In this work, water-cooling is developed to enhance the performance of PV modules. Different scenarios are tested under UAE weather conditions: front, back and double cooling. A spraying system is used for the front cooling whether a direct contact water system is used for the back cooling. The experimental results are compared to non-cooling module and the performance of the PV module is determined for different situations. The experimental results show that the front cooling is more effective than the back cooling and may decrease the temperature of the PV module significantly.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1109117Procedia APA BibTeX Chicago EndNote Harvard JSON MLA RIS XML ISO 690 PDF Downloads 3132
 B. R. Hughes, N. P. S Cherisa, and O. Beg, “Computational study of improving the efficiency of photovoltaic panels in the UAE”. World Academy of Science, Engineering and Technology 2011, vol 73, pp. 278-287.
 T.T. Chow, “A review on photovoltaic/thermal hybrid solar technology.” Applied Energy 87, 2010, pp. 365–379.
 Krauter. S. “Increased electrical yield via water flow over the front of photovoltaic panels”, Solar Energy Materials & Solar Cells, 2004, vol 82(1-2), pp. 131-137.
 R. Hosseini, N. Hosseini, H. Khorasanizadeh, “An experimental study of combining a photovoltaic system with a heating system”, World renewable energy congress 2011, vol 8, pp- 2993-3000.
 L. Dorobantu, M. O. POPESCU, “Increasing the Efficiency of Photovoltaic Panels Through Cooling Water Film”, U.P.B. Sci. Bull., Series C, 2013, vol. 75, Iss 4, pp- 223-230.
 K.A. Moharram, M.S. Abd-Elhady, H.A. Kandil, and H. El-Sherif, “Enhancing the performance of photovoltaic panels by water cooling”, Ain Shams Engineering Journal 2013, vol 4, pp 869–877.
 S. A. Abdulgafar, O. S. Omar, K. M. Yousif, “Improving the Efficiency of Polycrystalline Solar Panel via Water Immersion Method”, International Journal of Innovative Research in Science, Engineering and Technology 2014, vol. 3, Iss. 1.
 B. Balamuralikrishnan, B. Deepika, K. Nagajothi, S. Shree, P. Subasini. “Efficiency Enhancement of Photovoltaic Cell”. International Journal of Advanced Research in Electrical, Electronics and Instrumentation Engineering 2014, vol 3(4), pp. 305-313.
 E. Skoplaki, J.A. Palyvos. “On the temperature dependence of photovoltaic module electrical performance: A review of efficiency/power correlations”, Solar Energy 2009, vol83, pp 614-624.