This paper presents experimental work on utilising Nanofluid as a working agent for Photovoltaic Thermal Systems (PV/T). PV/T systems are one kind of hybrid systems in energy utilisation. They convert the incident solar radiation into two energy types; electricity and heat. In this research, experimental outdoor tests were directed to assess the execution of PV/T system that utilises water-based Multi Walls Carbon Nano Tubes “MWCNT” as a heat storage/heat absorption agent. The effect of varying Nanofluid volume concentration ratio was studied within the range (0%:0.3%) while fixing the circulation rate at 1.2 l/min. By analysing the experimental results, it can be noted that adding Nano Particles to the base fluid caused the thermal properties to have a significant increment leading the PV/T system to have a better thermal and electrical efficiency. The best system efficiencies were obtained at 0.075% V of MWCNTs – water based Nanofluid. At this concentration, a temperature reduction of 12 °C for the PV panel was attained at maximum incident radiation leading to an overall system efficiency of 83.26%. Also, an average temperature reduction of 10.3 °C was achieved over the daytime leading to an overall efficiency of 61.23%.
|Number of pages||8|
|Early online date||1 Feb 2019|
|Publication status||Published - 15 Mar 2019|
- Hybrid PV/T
- Solar energy
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Dr Hind Saidani-Scott
- Cabot Institute for the Environment
- Department of Mechanical Engineering - Senior Lecturer in Mechanical Engineering
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