SBE has been in discussion (via AWS) with Dr Yakov Elgart (details below) who is developing a local hybrid PV and solar hot water panel.
The concept is:
- A PV panel kept cool performs at its optimum.
- Extracting the heat from a PV panel produces hot water as a by-product.
SBE is interested in the technology for use in future Aquatic centres. Dr Elgart has stated:
Investigation of experimental combined PV-TAHP collector (1600 x 1000) shown:
- Reduces heat-sensing surface by 30-40 % versus two most common collectors on the market : one PV and the other thermal, at the same power
- Absorber of PV-TAHP collector provides highly effective cooling of the PV cells area. That allows increase PV cells power output of around 15-30%, compare to single PV collector, by keeping its surface temperature around 40-50 C
- At temperature 40-50 C PV-TAHP collector’s electric power output is about 140 W/m2, at the same time it produces up to 450W/m2 of thermal energy
Dr Yakov Elgart, Director, Engineering Scientific International
55-59 Lillee Crescent Tullamarine, Vic 3043, Australia
Mob:+61 409 609 409, Fax:+61 39578 98 97