Specially designed solar cells for hybrid photovoltaic-thermal generators

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Title: Specially designed solar cells for hybrid photovoltaic-thermal generators
Authors: Mellor, AV
Guarracino, I
Llin, LF
Alonso alvarez
Riverola, A
Thoms, S
Paul, DJ
Markides, C
Chemisana, D
Maier, S
Ekins-daukes, N
Item Type: Conference Paper
Abstract: The performance of hybrid photovoltaic-thermal systems can be improved using PV cells that are specially designed to generate both electricity and useful heat with maximum efficiency. Present systems, however, use standard PV cells that are only optimized for electrical performance. In this work, we have developed two cell-level components that will improve the thermal efficiency of PV-T collectors, with minimal loss of electrical efficiency. These are a spectrally-selective low-emissivity coating to reduce radiative thermal losses, and a nanotextured rear reflector to improve absorption of the near-infrared part of the solar spectrum for heat generation.
Issue Date: 21-Nov-2016
Date of Acceptance: 5-Jun-2016
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/44847
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2016.7750203
Publisher: IEEE
Journal / Book Title: Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), 2016 IEEE 43rd
Copyright Statement: ©2016 IEEE. Personal use of this material is permitted. Permission from IEEE must be obtained for all other uses, in any current or future media, including reprinting/republishing this material for advertising or promotional purposes, creating new collective works, for resale or redistribution to servers or lists, or reuse of any copyrighted component of this work in other works.
Sponsor/Funder: Commission of the European Communities
Engineering & Physical Science Research Council (EPSRC)
Funder's Grant Number: 657359
Conference Name: 43rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
Publication Status: Published
Start Date: 2016-06-05
Finish Date: 2016-06-10
Conference Place: Portland, Oregon
Appears in Collections:Faculty of Engineering
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Centre for Environmental Policy
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