This paper presents preliminary results of a field study focused in the study of the heat patterns of a PV array in tropical conditions. The research system is comprised by four sub arrays of four mono-crystalline Silicon PV Modules. The system was installed facing to the South direction in a static configuration according to the geographical location of the study site. A set of temperature sensors were installed on the back of the PV module in order to monitor their thermal patterns on daily basics. Ambient temperature, solar radiation on the PV surface and on the horizontal surface as well as the wind speed and wind direction have been also monitored concurrently with the thermal patterns of the whole PV array under study.
- Advanced Energy Systems Division
- Solar Energy Division
Thermal Patterns in PV Arrays Operating in Tropical Conditions: A Preliminary Approach
Soler-Bientz, R, Ricalde-Cab, L, & Riech Méndez, I. "Thermal Patterns in PV Arrays Operating in Tropical Conditions: A Preliminary Approach." Proceedings of the ASME 2013 7th International Conference on Energy Sustainability collocated with the ASME 2013 Heat Transfer Summer Conference and the ASME 2013 11th International Conference on Fuel Cell Science, Engineering and Technology. ASME 2013 7th International Conference on Energy Sustainability. Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA. July 14–19, 2013. V001T06A004. ASME. https://doi.org/10.1115/ES2013-18349
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