Integrated photovoltaic thermal systems, their applications and recent advance on performance improvement: a review

Farshad Shakeriaski, Maryam Ghodrat*, Fatemeh Salehi

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

The current paper presents a review of recent studies on photovoltaic thermal (PV/T) systems to understand the effect of performance parameters. PV/T systems make electricity and store thermal energy; simultaneously and hence they enhance the overall efficiency. Despite significant progress in improving the performance of these technologies, there is still a lack of efficiency and functionality in transforming solar energy into electricity. In this paper, we focus on different effective parameters that affect the efficiency of photovoltaic/thermal systems. Based on existing research streams, there are three main objectives to investigate PV/T systems: (i) analysing existing technologies, (ii) exploring performance barriers and factors influencing PV/T efficiency, and (iii) studying the maintenance issues. In addition, this paper reviews integrated photovoltaic thermal systems which offer a solution for heat lost due to the significant influence of operating temperature on the photovoltaic panel efficiency.

Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Studies
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 9 Mar 2021

Keywords

  • Photovoltaic
  • solar
  • maintenance
  • integrated
  • electricity
  • efficiency

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