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A review of solar photovoltaic-thermoelectric hybrid system for electricity generation

Li, Guiqiang; Shittu, Samson; Diallo, Thierno M.O.; Yu, Min; Zhao, Xudong; Ji, Jie


Guiqiang Li

Samson Shittu

Thierno M.O. Diallo

Min Yu

Jie Ji


Solar energy application in a wider spectrum has the potential for high efficiency energy conversion. However, solar cells can only absorb photon energy of the solar spectrum near the solar cell band-gap energy, and the remaining energy will be converted into thermal energy. The thermoelectric generator is a good choice to utilize this thermal energy. This paper analyses the feasibility of photovoltaic-thermoelectric (PV-TE), and reviews the current types and performance of PV-TE. Furthermore, it presents the optimization and development of PV-TE. In addition, this paper presents the challenge and efficient improvement of PV-TE in actual application. Therefore, this paper would provide a valuable reference for further research into the field of PV-TE and its applications.


Li, G., Shittu, S., Diallo, T. M., Yu, M., Zhao, X., & Ji, J. (2018). A review of solar photovoltaic-thermoelectric hybrid system for electricity generation. Energy, 158, 41-58.

Journal Article Type Review
Acceptance Date Jun 4, 2018
Online Publication Date Jun 5, 2018
Publication Date Sep 1, 2018
Deposit Date Jun 5, 2018
Publicly Available Date Jun 6, 2019
Print ISSN 0360-5442
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 158
Pages 41-58
Keywords PV-TE; Wide solar spectrum; Electricity generation; Hybrid solar system
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