Performance Evaluation of Hybrid Photovoltaic and Thermal Solar Collector in Jordan
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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