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dc.contributor.advisorIsmail, Basel
dc.contributor.authorJose, Amos
dc.date.accessioned2018-11-12T14:46:46Z
dc.date.available2018-11-12T14:46:46Z
dc.date.created2018
dc.date.issued2018
dc.identifier.urihttp://knowledgecommons.lakeheadu.ca:7070/handle/2453/4304
dc.description.abstractCurrently, enormous quantities of waste energy are continuously discharged into the earth’s atmosphere from various sources. For example, in a photovoltaic panel, about 85% of the incident light is either dissipated as heat or reflected from the PV surface accounting huge losses. Reflection losses in a PV panel can be up to 20% even with antireflection layers inbuilt in them. In order to regenerate some of the optical losses in a photovoltaic system, a new hybrid photovoltaic-thermal system with regeneration (HPVT-Regen) is designed and built in this research. The new HPVT-Regen system design allows the photovoltaic and thermal subsystems to function independently while regenerating some of the optical losses by hybridization. The 3-D designs with complete dimensions of the experiment components were made in CATIA V5. The components were then purchased, fabricated and assembled with required instruments for detailed experimental characterization. Detailed experimentation of the HPVT-Regen system was conducted under indoor lab-scale solar simulator as well as under outdoor solar radiation conditions of Thunder Bay, Ontario. The results showed that the HPVT-Regen system regenerated 14% of the incident light, which was reflected from the PV panel and then converted into electrical as well as thermal energy. From the reflected light, the indoor test set up regenerated approximately 17 mW of electric power under lab simulator lights contributing less than 1% more electric power per unit surface area whereas the outdoor test set up regenerated approximately 137 mW of electric power under solar radiation contributing approximately 3% more electric power per unit surface area. The HPVT-Regen system regenerated 34% more thermal power in both indoor testing as well as in outdoor testing raising approximately 2.7 ⁰C of air temperature solely from the reflected light. This research thesis presents and discusses the design and real-time performance characteristics of the HPVT-Regen system under various real-time operating conditions.en_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectNatural resources in Canadaen_US
dc.subjectGlobal energy consumptionen_US
dc.subjectSolar radiation on earth's surfaceen_US
dc.subjectSolar thermal collectorsen_US
dc.subjectSolar photovoltaic-thermal systems (HPVT)en_US
dc.subjectOptical losses in a PV panelen_US
dc.titleExperimental characterization of a hybrid photovoltaic-thermal system with regenerationen_US
dc.typeThesisen_US
etd.degree.nameMaster of Scienceen_US
etd.degree.levelMasteren_US
etd.degree.disciplineEngineering : Mechanicalen_US
etd.degree.grantorLakehead Universityen_US
dc.contributor.committeememberSingh, Birbal
dc.contributor.committeememberPakzad, Leila


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