Assist. Prof. Dr. Ahmed Amine Hachicha

Committee: International Scientific Committee of Energy and Power Engineering
University: University of Sharjah
Department: Department of Sustainable and Renewable Energy Engineering
Research Fields: Solar Thermal Energy Systems, Concentrated Solar Power, Modeling of Solar Power Plants, Numerical Simulation and Modeling of Energy Systems, Computational Fluid Dynamics

Publications

1 Enhancing the Performance of a Photovoltaic Module Using Different Cooling Methods

Authors: Chaouki Ghenai, Ahmed Amine Hachicha, Abdul Kadir Hamid

Abstract:

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. 

Keywords: Solar energy, temperature effect, PV cooling, cooling methods, electrical efficiency

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1 [Keynote Speaker]: Enhancing the Performance of a Photovoltaic Module Using Different Cooling Methods

Authors: Ahmed Amine Hachicha

Abstract:

Temperature effect on the performance of a photovoltaic module is one of the main concern that face this renewable energy, especially in the 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 a non-cooling module and the performance of the PV module is determined for different situations. A mathematical model is presented to estimate the theoretical performance and validate the experimental results with and without cooling. 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.

Keywords: Solar energy, temperature effect, PV cooling, cooling methods, electrical efficiency

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