Commenced in January 2007
Paper Count: 30101
Effect of Elevation and Wind Direction on Silicon Solar Panel Efficiency
Authors: Abdulrahman M. Homadi
Abstract:As a great source of renewable energy, solar energy is considered to be one of the most important in the world, since it will be one of solutions cover the energy shortage in the future. Photovoltaic (PV) is the most popular and widely used among solar energy technologies. However, PV efficiency is fairly low and remains somewhat expensive. High temperature has a negative effect on PV efficiency and cooling system for these panels is vital, especially in warm weather conditions. This paper presents the results of a simulation study carried out on silicon solar cells to assess the effects of elevation on enhancing the efficiency of solar panels. The study included four different terrains. The study also took into account the direction of the wind hitting the solar panels. To ensure the simulation mimics reality, six silicon solar panels are designed in two columns and three rows, facing to the south at an angle of 30 o. The elevations are assumed to change from 10 meters to 200 meters. The results show that maximum increase in efficiency occurs when the wind comes from the north, hitting the back of the panels.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1126429Procedia APA BibTeX Chicago EndNote Harvard JSON MLA RIS XML ISO 690 PDF Downloads 1845
 Heat and Mass transfer Fundamental and Application Fifth Edition in SI Units yunus A. Cengel- Afshin J. Ghajar.
 “Wind speed calculations”: Appendix 8.6 HMP standford Hill Wind Energy Development 2010.
 Mehrdad Shademan1, Horia Hangan2 "Wind Loading on Solar Panels at Different Inclination Angles" 11th American conference on wind engineering- san juan Puerto Rico Ontario, Canada. 2009.
 Manoj Kumar Panjwani, Dr. Ghous Bukshsh Narejo "Effect of Humidity on the Efficiency of Solar Cell (photovoltaic)" International Journal of Engineering Research and General Science Volume 2, Issue 4, June-July, 2014 ISSN 2091-2730.
 H.G. Teo, P.S. Lee, M.N.A. Hawlader " An active cooling system for photovoltaic modules" Applied Energy 90 (2012) 309–315 ELSEVIER
 Ana-Maria Croitoru, Aurelian Craciunescu " Air cooling of photovoltaic panels from Passive House located inside the Polytechnic University of Bucharest" 978-1-4799-2442-4/13©2013 IEEE.
 Xiao Tang, Zhen Hua Quan, Yao Hua Zhao " Experimental investigation of solar panel cooling by a novel micro heat pipe array " 978-1-4244-4813-5/10 @2010 IE.
 Swapnil Dubey*, Jatin Narotam Sarvaiya, Bharath Seshadri “Temperature Dependent Photovoltaic (PV) Efficiency and Its Effect on PV Production in the World: A Review” PV Asia Pacific Conference 2012 Energy Procedia 33 (2013) 311 – 321, ELSEVIER.