Title

Design and Development of Experimental Setup of Hybrid PV/Thermal Collector

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2012

Publication Source

Global Journal of Engineering Education

Volume

14

Issue

2

Inclusive pages

170-176

Publisher

UNESCO * International Centre for Engineering Education

Place of Publication

Australia

ISBN/ISSN

1328-3154

Abstract

A portable Hybrid Photovoltaic/Thermal (PV/T) solar collector experimental apparatus was designed and developed. The purpose of this instructional experimental apparatus is to demonstrate solar energy applications. In this article, the authors present an experimental apparatus that will help undergraduate mechanical engineering students in understanding the basic heat transfer processes, and thermodynamics concepts and principles. This is achieved by utilising real life applications, such as using Hybrid Photovoltaic/Thermal solar collector to convert solar energy to both electrical and thermal energy. The article presents the details of the design and construction of the experimental apparatus, as well as testing procedures and sample results.

Keywords

Solar collector, Hybrid Photovoltaic/Thermal (PV/T), laboratory, design

Disciplines

Engineering

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