The Impact of the Environmental Condition on the Performance of the Photovoltaic Cell
American Journal of Energy Engineering
Volume 4, Issue 1, January 2016, Pages: 1-7
Received: Mar. 7, 2016; Accepted: Mar. 15, 2016; Published: Mar. 31, 2016
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Ehsan Fadhil Abbas Al-Showany, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineering Department, Kirkuk Technical College, Northern Technical University, Kirkuk, Iraq
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Abstract
The present study investigated the impact of weather conditions on the production performance of the photovoltaic (PV) module. The experiments have been conducted by using two identical PV module of 75 Watt each and they were placed in the same weather conditions in the summer season in Kirkuk city-Iraq. One of them was used as a conventional module as a reference panel and the other unit which has been used in all required tests. Water circulation has been used for cooling of the PV module to and very fine soil used to estimate the effect of each of hot weather and dust deposition on the performance of PV respectively. The results show that the fill factor (FF) and PV efficiency affected inversely with increasing in temperature, on the other hand cooling process contributed to increase the voltage generation across PV panel by 11.8%, while the reduction in voltage generation by unclean panel due to natural pollution deposition on the front of the panel for a period of three months was about 3.8% compared with clean panel and 13.8% if it has been compared with voltage production by panel when it has been cooled by water.
Keywords
Photovoltaic, Performance of PV, Efficiency of PV
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Ehsan Fadhil Abbas Al-Showany, The Impact of the Environmental Condition on the Performance of the Photovoltaic Cell, American Journal of Energy Engineering. Vol. 4, No. 1, 2016, pp. 1-7. doi: 10.11648/j.ajee.20160401.11
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