In this paper a model for choosing the proper modular configuration of a point-focus concentrating thermo-photovoltaic (CPV/T) system according to the domestic user energy demands, is presented. The main aim is to evaluate several modular configuration solutions in terms of energy and economic performances and space occupied. First of all, the main CPV/T system components are chosen: optics, solar cells and tracking system. A point-focus system with parabolic mirrors, triple-junction cells and dual-axis tracking system is considered. The choice of the proper CPV/T system configuration is realized considering an equations system that defines the electric and thermal performances in terms of solar radiation, cells number and concentration factor. The choice model presented in this paper allows to configure, referring to different Italian zones, the CPV/T system under several working conditions minimizing spaces and costs. It is observed that CPV/T modules with a lower cells number allow high flexibility to satisfy the loads. The high concentration level determines interesting solutions related to a domestic application from the energy and economic point of view, above all in southern Italy, during the CPV/T system life cycle. Finally, CPV/T systems allow a significant reduction of CO2 emissions due to the primary energy savings.

Choice model for a modular configuration of a point-focus CPV/T system

RENNO, Carlo
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PETITO, FABIO
2015

Abstract

In this paper a model for choosing the proper modular configuration of a point-focus concentrating thermo-photovoltaic (CPV/T) system according to the domestic user energy demands, is presented. The main aim is to evaluate several modular configuration solutions in terms of energy and economic performances and space occupied. First of all, the main CPV/T system components are chosen: optics, solar cells and tracking system. A point-focus system with parabolic mirrors, triple-junction cells and dual-axis tracking system is considered. The choice of the proper CPV/T system configuration is realized considering an equations system that defines the electric and thermal performances in terms of solar radiation, cells number and concentration factor. The choice model presented in this paper allows to configure, referring to different Italian zones, the CPV/T system under several working conditions minimizing spaces and costs. It is observed that CPV/T modules with a lower cells number allow high flexibility to satisfy the loads. The high concentration level determines interesting solutions related to a domestic application from the energy and economic point of view, above all in southern Italy, during the CPV/T system life cycle. Finally, CPV/T systems allow a significant reduction of CO2 emissions due to the primary energy savings.
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