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Solar Heating and Cooling Systems by Calin Sebarchievici, Ioan Sarbu

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3.5. Performances of a PV/T Collector With Water Heating in Buildings

In the solar thermal system, conventional electrical energy is used to circulate HTF through a collector. If both types of collectors (thermal and PV) are combined in a hybrid unit (PV/T collector), the use of conventional electrical energy can be avoided for circulating HTF through a collector. The PV/T collector in building can produce thermal and electrical energy simultaneously.

3.5.1. Description of the System

The schematic diagram of the PV/T collector with water heating is shown in Fig. 3.28 [56]. A piece of high-quality low-iron tempered glass with ideal transmission coefficient covers the solar cell for protection. What distinguishes this hybrid PV/T system from a conventional ...

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