Recent advances in flat plate photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) solar collectors

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Flat plate photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) solar collector produces both thermal energy and electricity simultaneously. This paper presents the state-of-the-art on flat plate PV/T collector classification, design and performance evaluation of water, air and combination of water and/or air based. This review also covers the future development of flat plate PV/T solar collector on building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) and building integrated photovoltaic/thermal (BIPVT) applications. Different designs feature and performance of flat plate PV/T solar collectors have been compared and discussed. Future research and development (R&D) works have been elaborated. The tube and sheet design is the simplest and easiest to be manufactured, even though, the efficiency is 2% lower compared to other types of collectors such as, channel, free flow and two-absorber. It is clear from the review that for both air and water based PV/T solar collectors, the important key factors that influenced the efficiency of the system are the area where the collector covered, the number of passes and the gap between the absorber collector and solar cells. From the literature review, it is obvious that the flat plate PV/T solar collector is an alternative promising system for low-energy applications in residential, industrial and commercial buildings. Other possible areas for the future works of BIPVT are also mentioned.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)352-365
Number of pages14
JournalRenewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Volume15
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2011

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Keywords

  • Absorber collectors
  • Flat plate PV/T collector
  • Hybrid PV/T collector
  • Thermal and electrical efficiency

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  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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