Characterization of phase change materials for thermal control of photovoltaics using Differential Scanning Calorimetry and Temperature History Method

A. Hasan, S. J. McCormack, M. J. Huang, B. Norton

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Abstract

Five solid-liquid phase change materials comprising three basic classes, paraffin waxes, salt hydrates and mixtures of fatty acids were thermophysically characterized for thermal regulation applications in photovoltaics. The PCM were investigated using Differential Scanning Calorimetry and Temperature History Method to find their thermophysical properties of interest. The relationship between thermophysical properties of the PCM and their choice as temperature regulators in photovoltaics is discussed in relation to the ambient conditions under which PV systems operate.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)322-329
Number of pages8
JournalEnergy Conversion and Management
Volume81
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - May 2014

Keywords

  • Phase change materials
  • Photovoltaics
  • Temperature History Method
  • Thermal control

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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