Dynamic performance analysis of solar concentrating photovoltaic receiver by coupling of weather data with the thermal-electrical model

Ali O. M. Maka, Tadhg S. O'Donovan

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Abstract

The high-efficiency III-V triple-junction solar cell device consists of GaInP/GaInAs/Ge, made from different semiconductor materials. Thus, via incorporating these materials with different energy band gaps, the consequence is reducing the thermalisation losses and increases in cell conversion efficiency. It is lattice matching and monolithically stacked to gain high conversion efficiency. In this work, CPV receiver performance behaviour is predicted as a function of various Tamb, AM and DNI values through integrating a thermal-electrical model. Hence, weather data measuring of DNI, AM, Tamb for three days at the unclouded and cloudy sky is profiteering to evaluate triple-junction solar cell performance at such conditions. Therefore, in real operating conditions daily, this value varies with time from sunrise to sunset, and the maximum values reach noon hours. The results have shown a variation in thermal-electrical performance parameters and energy production on small/large scale operating. For optimum performance, these environmental parameters needed to be considered: (i) the low values of Tamb; (ii) the low values of AM, (iii) the corresponding high values of DNI at clear/cloud sky conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Article number100923
JournalThermal Science and Engineering Progress
Volume24
Early online date18 Apr 2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Concentrating photovoltaic
  • Dynamic performance
  • Performance analysis
  • Thermal-electrical model
  • Weather data

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Fluid Flow and Transfer Processes

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