Photovoltaic/Thermal (PV/T) systems

Status and future prospects

Ali H A Al-Waeli, Kamaruzzaman Sopian, Hussein A. Kazem, Miqdam T. Chaichan

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Abstract

In the last four decades, greater attention has been paid to PV/T systems due to their advantages compared with PV or solar thermal systems alone. This paper aims to study various aspects of PV/T systems through the existing literature in order to highlight key points as future work in this field as well as illustrate different techniques used for such systems. In addition, PV/T systems are reviewed in terms of thermal and electrical side views. Furthermore, the analysis of solar thermal systems, various system applications such as air, water, air/water, phase change material PCM and Nanofluid systems are summarized. In light of most attempts to improve the PV/T system, more focus has been paid to the thermal rather than the electrical side. Furthermore, comparisons between PV/T systems in terms of performance parameters and efficiencies are presented. A critical review of many findings of previously conducted research is also discussed. It is found that the PV/T air heater system is promising for future preheating air applications. Moreover, it is suggested that the use of nanoparticles and water as base fluid improves the overall system efficiency. Furthermore, the PV side views require more attention in technical and cost terms. However, more research is essential to reduce the cost and, improve the effectiveness and technical design of such systems.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-130
Number of pages22
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Volume77
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2017

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Hot Temperature
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Phase change materials
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Preheating
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Nanoparticles
Fluids

Keywords

  • Efficiency
  • Nanofluid
  • PCM
  • PV/T
  • PV/thermal
  • Solar energy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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Photovoltaic/Thermal (PV/T) systems : Status and future prospects. / Al-Waeli, Ali H A; Sopian, Kamaruzzaman; Kazem, Hussein A.; Chaichan, Miqdam T.

In: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, Vol. 77, 01.09.2017, p. 109-130.

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Al-Waeli, Ali H A ; Sopian, Kamaruzzaman ; Kazem, Hussein A. ; Chaichan, Miqdam T. / Photovoltaic/Thermal (PV/T) systems : Status and future prospects. In: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews. 2017 ; Vol. 77. pp. 109-130.
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