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Solar Heating and Cooling Systems by Calin Sebarchievici, Ioan Sarbu

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3.4. Solar PV/Thermal Hybrid Collectors

A PV/T collector is a module in which the PV is not only producing electricity but also serves as a thermal absorber. In this way, both heat and power are produced simultaneously. Since the demand for solar heat and solar electricity are often supplementary, it seems to be a logical idea to develop a device that can comply with both demands. PV cells utilize a fraction of the incident solar radiation to produce electricity and the remainder is turned mainly into waste heat in the cells and substrate raising the temperature of PV as a result, the efficiency of the module decreased. The PV/T technology recovers part of this heat and uses it for practical applications. The simultaneous cooling of the PV module ...

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