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Coupled simulation of performance of a crossed compound parabolic concentrator with solar cell

Li, Wenguang, Paul, Manosh C., Sellami, Nazmi, Meng, Xian-long, Mallick, Tapas K., Fernandez, Eduardo Fernandez, Knox, Andrew R., Montecucco, Andrea, Siviter, Jonathan, Mullen, Paul, Ashraf, Ali, Samarelli, Antonio, Llin, Lourdes Ferre, Paul, Douglas J., Gregory, Duncan H., Gao, Min ORCID:, Sweet, Tracy ORCID:, Azough, Feridoon, Lowndes, Robert and Freer, Robert 2015. Coupled simulation of performance of a crossed compound parabolic concentrator with solar cell. Energy Procedia 75 , pp. 325-330. 10.1016/j.egypro.2015.07.371

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An optimal installation of a compound parabolic concentrator (CCPC) into a scalable solar thermoelectrics and photovoltaics system is desirable by applying analytical tools to improve the optical and thermal performance of a CCPC with a solar cell. In this paper, the optical and thermal performances of an isolated CCPC with solar cell are investigated by employing commercial software ‘ANSYS CFX 15.0’ with a coupled optical grey and multiphysics model. Numerical results are validated against the experimental data at various incidence angles, especially for the optical concentration ratio and optical efficiency. Results confirm that ‘ANSYS CFX’ is an effective numerical tool for determining correctly both the optical and thermal behaviour of CCPC. The very important finding is a highest temperature core in the silicon layer of solar cell which may be responsible for a solar cell to work properly. The limitation of the work is that the electric performance of the solar cell is not involved and the simulations are steady.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: crossed compound parabolic concentrator; solar cell; thermal performance; sunlight radiation; heat transfer; heat flux
Publisher: Elsevier
ISSN: 1876-6102
Funders: EPSRC
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 14 May 2023 06:38

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