Modeling and experimental evaluation of passive heat sinks for miniature high-flux photovoltaic concentrators

Jian Sun, Tomer Israeli, T. Agami Reddy, Kevin Scoles, Jeffrey M. Gordon, Daniel Feuermann

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    Abstract

    A model to predict the thermal and electrical performance of the PV mini-dish is proposed. The proposed model is expected to enable the PV mini-dish to perform sensitivity analyses of different solar cell model assumptions, environmental effects, heat sink and geometry, and thermal contact resistance. The model is also expected to optimize the heat sink geometric dimensions for a given volume. It is revealed that heat sink yields designs essentially similar to that which minimizes solar cell temperature. It is also determined that the diameter of the fin has a broad optimum (from 130-180 mm).

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)138-145
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Solar Energy Engineering, Transactions of the ASME
    Volume127
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    StatePublished - 1 Feb 2005

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
    • Energy Engineering and Power Technology

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