Study on performance of 80 watt floating photovoltaic panel

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Abstract

Photovoltaicpanels are used to generate electric power. The surface temperature of the photovoltaic (PV) panels will affect theirefficiency,where the increment of temperature will decreasetheir efficiency and total power gain. In this study, we will discuss the performance of an 80 W floating photovoltaic (PV) panel in a pond simulator, whereby in a two hour experiment it shows up to 15.5% increment of energy gain compared to a normal photovoltaic (PV) panel. The floating photovoltaic (FPV) panel was designed by replacing the photovoltaic panel frame with a material that has the ability to float on a water surface and is capable of transferring heat at the back of the photovoltaic surface. A heat sink is used to transfer heat at the bottom of the photovoltaic panel, which will decrease the surface temperature when placed on the water surface. The best performance of the photovoltaic panel is 1000 W/m2fora surface temperature of 25°C; however,the efficiency will drop by 0.485% per1°C temperature increment.The system can be used on lakes, ponds or dams.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1150-1156
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Mechanical Engineering and Sciences
Volume7
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2014

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Heat transfer
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Keywords

  • Efficiency
  • Floating photovoltaic
  • Heat transfer
  • Performance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology
  • Computational Mechanics
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials

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Study on performance of 80 watt floating photovoltaic panel. / Majid, Z. A A; Ruslan, Mohd Hafidz; Sopian, Kamaruzzaman; Othman, Mohd. Yusof; Azmi, M. S M.

In: Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Sciences, Vol. 7, No. 1, 01.12.2014, p. 1150-1156.

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