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Experimental investigation of the thermal and electrical performance of the heat pipe BIPV/T system with metal wires

Wang, Zhangyuan; Qiu, Feng; Yang, Wansheng; Zhao, Xudong; Mei, Sheng

Authors

Zhangyuan Wang

Feng Qiu

Wansheng Yang

Sheng Mei



Abstract

© 2016 Elsevier Ltd. Heat pipe building integrated photovoltaic/thermal system (heat pipe BIPV/T system) can produce both the electrical and thermal energies at the same time, which have been paid enormous attentions since the energy crisis in the 1970s. In this paper, the heat pipe BIPV/T system with the metal wires filling into the space between the finned heat pipes and insulation has been proposed, which will be expected to enhance the heat transfer and improve the electrical generation of the system. To investigate the thermal performance of the system, the variations of the temperatures, e.g., flat-plate glass cover, PV panel, filling space, heat pipe, and tank water, as well as the ambient temperature, were measured, and the system’s thermal efficiency was calculated and studied for different simulated solar radiations and water flow rates. It was found that the temperatures of the flat-plate glass cover, PV panels, filling space, and heat pipe presented the similar variation pattern when the ambient temperature was stable. The tank water temperature could reach the maximum of 53.83 °C when the simulated solar radiation was at 900 W/m2 and the water flow rate was at 200 l/h. The linear relation between the system efficiency and (Tmean − Tamb)/I had been setup. The maximum thermal efficiency was found at 44.04% with the simulated solar radiation of 300 W/m2 and water flow rate of 200 l/h, and 7.9% for the maximum electrical efficiency. Compared with the traditional systems of the previous research, the proposed system performed well with additional features, e.g., low cost, waste materials recycling. This research will be helpful in indicating the potential research area of the low-carbon-emission and energy-saving technology for the researchers overseas and domestic.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date May 15, 2016
Journal Applied energy
Print ISSN 0306-2619
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 170
Pages 314-323
APA6 Citation Wang, Z., Qiu, F., Yang, W., Zhao, X., & Mei, S. (2016). Experimental investigation of the thermal and electrical performance of the heat pipe BIPV/T system with metal wires. Applied energy, 170, (314-323). doi:10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.02.140. ISSN 0306-2619
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.02.140
Keywords BIPV/T system, Heat pipe, Metal wire, Performance investigation
Publisher URL http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0306261916303038
Additional Information This article is maintained by: Elsevier; Article Title: Experimental investigation of the thermal and electrical performance of the heat pipe BIPV/T system with metal wires; Journal Title: Applied Energy; CrossRef DOI link to publisher maintained version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.02.140; Content Type: article; Copyright: Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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