Simulation study of the photovoltaic panel under different operation conditions

Mohammed Alktranee, Péter Bencs


An increase in the temperature of the photovoltaic (PV) cells is a significant issue in most PV panels application. About 15–20% of solar radiation is converted to electricity by PV panels, and the rest converts to heat that affects their efficiency. This paper studies the effects of temperature distribution on the PV panel at different solar radiation values, temperatures under different operation conditions in January and July. A 3D model of the PV panel was simulated with ANSYS software, depending on the various values of temperatures and solar radiation values obtained using mathematic equations. The simulation results indicate that PV panel temperature lowered with solar radiation values lower in January, and the temperature was homogeneous on the PV panel surface. An increase in the solar radiation value and temperature in July led causes heating of the PV panel with observed a convergence of the maximum and average temperature of the panel. Thus, the PV panel temperature increase is directly proportional to the solar radiation increase that causes lower performance. Cooling the PV panel by passive or active cooling represents the optimum option to enhance their performance and avoid increasing the PV cells' temperature at temperature increase.

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