Investigating the Effect of Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) Pollution on the Performance of the Mono-crystalline Solar Module

Zeki Ahmed Darwish, Kamaruzzaman Sopian, Hussein A. Kazem, M. A. Alghoul, Hussain Alawadhi

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This paper presents a study of titanium oxide TiO2 as one of the components of dust pollution affecting the PV performance. This pollutant can be found in various quantities in different locations around the world. The production of energy by different types of photovoltaic systems is very sensitive and depends on various environmental factors. Dust is one of the main contributing factors, yet the type of the dust is often neglected when studying the behaviour of the solar panel. In this experimental work we have studied the performance of the monocrystalline solar module as affected by the density of TiO2. The reduction of the PV module power caused by titanium dioxide under various mass densities was investigated. The results showed that the TiO2 has a significant effect on the PV output power. The dust density varied between 0-125 g.m-2. The corresponding reduction of the PV output power increased from 0 to 86.7%. This is based on various influencing parameters such as: short circuit current (Isc), maximum current (Im), open circuit voltage (Voc), maximum voltage (Vm), maximum power (Pm) and efficiency (E). Two functions are proposed as a mathematical model in order to explain this behaviour, namely the exponential and Fourier functions. The coefficients of all general models are valid for this type of dust with a density value ranging from 0-125 g.m-2.

Original languageEnglish
Article number01005
JournalE3S Web of Conferences
Volume23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 20 Nov 2017

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Titanium dioxide
Dust
Pollution
Crystalline materials
dust
pollution
photovoltaic system
Titanium oxides
Open circuit voltage
Short circuit currents
titanium
environmental factor
titanium dioxide
effect
oxide
Mathematical models
pollutant
Electric potential
energy

Keywords

  • Dust effect
  • Fill factor
  • Maximum power
  • Open circuit voltage
  • Short circuit current
  • Titanium dioxide

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Energy(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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Investigating the Effect of Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) Pollution on the Performance of the Mono-crystalline Solar Module. / Ahmed Darwish, Zeki; Sopian, Kamaruzzaman; Kazem, Hussein A.; Alghoul, M. A.; Alawadhi, Hussain.

In: E3S Web of Conferences, Vol. 23, 01005, 20.11.2017.

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