Combined photovoltaic/thermal technology for building applications

T.T. Chow     City University of Hong Kong, Kowloon Tong, Hong Kong


The market for solar products is growing continuously. Active and passive solar energy technologies are commonly adopted in low-carbon buildings. There is more and more interest in zero carbon and even positive carbon building developments. This makes it important to maximize the renewable power output and thus favor the use of hybrid solar systems. For instance, the combined photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) technology integrates solar thermal and photovoltaic technologies into a single device, through which thermal and electric power can be generated simultaneously in a controlled manner. In this chapter, ...

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