Performance Evaluation of Hybrid Photovoltaic and Thermal Solar Collector in Jordan

  • Mohammed Awwad Al-Dabbas Mechanical Engineering Department of Mutah University, Karak, Jordan
Keywords: Hybrid Photovoltaic-Thermal, solar collector, mathematical modeling, solar radiation, CFD, Solid Flow software, Runge-Kutta fourth order, finite difference

Abstract

Jordan has excellent potential for solar energy with 2080 kWh/m² global radiation and more than 300 sunny days a year. An integrated Hybrid Photovoltaic-Thermal (PV/T) solar collector system was constructed and operated at Mutah University in Jordan. The performance of the integrated Hybrid Photovoltaic-solar collector system was evaluated analytically and experimentally. The total sun insolation and various inlet, outlet and tank temperatures were recorded instantaneously every hour of the day for several months in 2010. The discretized temperature distribution of the integrated system and the stratification of the tank were solved numerically. The integrated system was discretized using forward finite difference. The Runge-Kutta fourth order method was used to solve the discretized nodes. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) calculations were used to predict and to evaluate the inlet velocity, temperature, operating pressure of the integrated Hybrid PV/T solar collector system. Good agreement was found to exits between simulated and measured data.

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Author Biography

Mohammed Awwad Al-Dabbas, Mechanical Engineering Department of Mutah University, Karak, Jordan

Mohammed Al-Dabbas is a mechanical engineer with a master’s degree in oil shale combustion and a PhD in mathematical modeling of oil shale combustion. He has worked in Ministry of energy from 1992 until December 2004 in renewable energy department as head of oil shale section. Dr. Al-Dabbas is Assistant Professor in the Mechanical Engineering Department of Mutah University, Karak, Jordan. His research interests involve solar energy, wind, geothermal energy, oil shale combustion and hydrogen. Currently he leads research within the energy utilization which includes solar chimney, diesel engines, industrial problems and oil shale.

Contact: Dr. Mohammed Awwad Al-Dabbas, Eng (Mech.), M Sc (Mech.), PhD (Mech.); Mutah University, Faculty of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Department; Mutah-Karak-Jordan, P.O. Box:(7), Zip code:(61710); Mobile:00962795580449/00962779433249; E-mail:madabbas@yahoo.com

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2015-04-01
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