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Volume 8, Issue 4, July 2019, Page: 50-65
Thermal Efficiency of a Hybrid Photovoltaic-thermal Chimney Integrated into a Building
Yawovi Nougbléga, Laboratory on Solar Energy, Group of Energetic and Transfer Phenomenon, University of Lomé, Lomé, Togo
Kodjo Kpode, Laboratory on Solar Energy, Group of Energetic and Transfer Phenomenon, University of Lomé, Lomé, Togo
Kokou N’Wuitcha, Laboratory on Solar Energy, Group of Energetic and Transfer Phenomenon, University of Lomé, Lomé, Togo
Malgolmèèna Banna, Laboratory on Solar Energy, Group of Energetic and Transfer Phenomenon, University of Lomé, Lomé, Togo
Received: Aug. 12, 2019;       Accepted: Sep. 2, 2019;       Published: Sep. 19, 2019
DOI: 10.11648/j.ajmp.20190804.11      View  718      Downloads  190
The solar photovoltaic-thermal energy, it is a combination of Photovoltaic (PV) and solar thermal components integrated into one system and enables to generate electricity and heat simultaneously. The solar chimney can generate air flow through the living space of the building to provide cooling. Hence, there is a greater interest to study the mixed convection in the hybrid Photovoltaic-Thermal chimney integrated into buildings for natural room ventilation for thermal comfort. The thermal efficiency has been studied by analysing numerically the mixed convection in the hybrid photovoltaic-thermal chimney integrated into the building in the present paper. The stream fucntion-vorticity formulation with a finite difference numerical discretization solution scheme have been adopted. The system of algebraic governing equations is solved by Thomas algorithm method. The aim of the present paper is to study and to predict the dynamic fields and particularly of the mass flow rate of the air thermosiphon drawing in the hybrid Photovoltaic-Thermal chimney integrated into a building for passive cooling in the room. The effects of the governing parameters, particularly Grashof number (103 ≤ Gr ≤ 106), that depends of the solar radiation intensity in the region, the mass flow rate of the inlet fresh air (0.001 Kg.s-1 ≤ Dm ≤ 0.3Kg.s-1), the integrated chimney width on fluid flow and the heat transfer characteristics are studied in detail. Passive cooling and the electrical efficiency of the PV solar cells are increasing function of the intensity of the inlet air flow. Due to the possible reduction of cooling loads with the insertion of the photovoltaic cells plate into the chimney integrated into the building. The numerical simulation has been conducted to determine heat transfer, mass flow rate trough the chimney exit, solar cells PV efficiency and the effect of design parameters of the room and the integrated hybrid Photovoltaic-Thermal chimney to make the bioclimatic building energy autonomy. The outlet velocity, streamlines, isotherms, Nusselt number along the active walls, and the mass flow rate are plotted versus the above controlling parameters.
Numerical Study, Mixed Convection, Integrated Solar Chimney, Passive Cooling, Thermal Comfort
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Yawovi Nougbléga, Kodjo Kpode, Kokou N’Wuitcha, Malgolmèèna Banna, Thermal Efficiency of a Hybrid Photovoltaic-thermal Chimney Integrated into a Building, American Journal of Modern Physics. Vol. 8, No. 4, 2019, pp. 50-65. doi: 10.11648/j.ajmp.20190804.11
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