Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/19775
Title: Study on thermal performance of semi-transparent building-integrated photovoltaic glazings
Authors: Fung, TYY
Yang, H 
Keywords: Building integrated photovoltaic
Heat gain
Semi-transparent BIPV modules
Solar radiation
Issue Date: 2008
Publisher: Elsevier
Source: Energy and buildings, 2008, v. 40, no. 3, p. 341-350 How to cite?
Journal: Energy and buildings 
Abstract: This paper presents a one-dimensional transient heat transfer model, the Semi-transparent Photovoltaic module Heat Gain (SPVHG) model, for evaluating the heat gain of semi-transparent photovoltaic modules for building-integrated applications. The energy that is transmitted, absorbed and reflected in each element of the building-integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) modules such as solar cells and glass layers were considered in detail in the SPVHG model. Solar radiation model for inclined surface has been incorporated into the SPVHG model. The model is applicable to photovoltaic (PV) modules that have different orientations and inclinations. The annual total heat gain was evaluated by using the SPVHG model. The impacts of different parameters of the PV module were investigated. It was found that solar heat gain is the major component of the total heat gain. The area of solar cell in the PV module has significant effect on the total heat gain. However, the solar cell energy efficiency and the PV module's thickness have only a little influence on the total heat gain. The model was also validated by laboratory tests by using a calorimeter box apparatus and an adjustable solar simulator. The test results showed that the simulation model predicts the actual situation well.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10397/19775
ISSN: 0378-7788
EISSN: 1872-6178
DOI: 10.1016/j.enbuild.2007.03.002
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