NCEUB Conferences, MC2014 Masters Conference People and Buildings

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“Power-Volt Solimpeks” Hybrid Photovoltaic/Thermal (PVT) Solar Collector: Matching Demand with Supply, in London and Naples
Paolo Esposito

Date: 2014-09-19 03:50 PM – 04:00 PM
Last modified: 2014-09-18



The residential energy usage has been steadily growing over the past years, engendering natural resources shortage, increase in greenhouse gases emissions, hence global warming and climate change. Solar energy is the most abundant and clean of all the renewable energy sources and its exploitation can concretely help coping with the above mentioned issues. PVT hybrid collectors, converting solar energy into both electricity and heat, represent in principle one of the most efficient ways to directly harness the power of the sun. Moreover, in the residential sector the energy demand profile closely resembles the generation output of a PVT system.

The aim of this paper is to investigate the potential of a PVT system in a typical household in London, adjusting the output of such a system to efficiently match the hot water and electricity demand. The project mainly involves the optimisation of a solar simulator and the experimental testing of a commercial PVT panel. The simulation software TRNSYS will be also employed and a comparison with the operation of the same system in Naples, South of Italy, will be performed.


Keywords: Residential Buildings, Renewable, Solar Collectors, Hybrid PVT, TRNSYS.