Solar cooling with concentrating photovoltaic/thermal (CPVT) systems

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Abstract

Simultaneous production of electrical and high grade thermal energy is proposed with a concentrating photovoltaic/thermal (CPVT) system operating at elevated temperature. CPVT collectors may operate at temperatures above 100 °C, and the thermal energy can drive processes such as refrigeration, desalination and steam production. The performance and cost of a CPVT system with single effect absorption cooling are investigated in detail. The results show that under a wide range of economic conditions, the combined solar cooling and power generation plant can be comparable to, and sometimes even significantly better than, the conventional alternative.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2481-2490
Number of pages10
JournalEnergy Conversion and Management
Volume48
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 2007

Keywords

  • Cogeneration
  • Concentrating photovoltaics (CPV)
  • Polygeneration
  • Solar cooling
  • Trigeneration

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