NCEUB Conferences, MC2014 Masters Conference People and Buildings

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The Potential of Hybrid Photovoltaic-Thermal Solar Collectors: Matching Demand with Supply in Mauritius
Raheel Bokhoree

Date: 2014-09-19 04:10 PM – 04:20 PM
Last modified: 2014-09-18

Abstract


It is very unlikely to contain and transport the heat generated at a particularlocation for use at another place. Somehow, heat losses are always bound tooccur unlike electricity which can easily be stored and transmitted. Therefore,it is ideal to use the heat produced close to the site of generation. The residential sector is considered the most suitable application of the hybrid photovoltaic-thermal(PVT) solar collector considering that the energy output closely matches the energy demand profile. The paper involves carrying out a literature review of the PVT technology and analysing the possibilities of integrating the PVT technology into the household system in Mauritius through experimental analysis to investigate the performance of a commercial PVT module and software simulation in respect to covering all of the domestic hot water (DHW) needs and part of the electricity needs of typical household loads in Mauritius where space heating is dispensable.