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cooling PV-panels

Discussion in 'Home Power and Microgeneration' started by jan siepelstad, Mar 24, 2007.

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  1. As you all know, the output of solar panels decreases with rising
    temperature. (about 0,5% per °C)

    So, it might be interesting to cool panels at high solar intensities. Maybe
    just during a few hours a day in summer.

    For example by trickling water over the panels.

    When the water is in an open circulating system, evaporation of the water
    will keep the temperature down.

    Ofcourse evaporation of water will increase the percentage of salts etc., so
    a small amount off the circulating water should be refreshed continuously
    (by clean water ofcourse: stored rainwater?). Like in the blowdown system of
    a steamgenerator.

    Has anyone in this group ever experimented with this, or has knowledge about
    experiments and results?

    Best regards,
  2. Guest

    It's nice to use the heat vs merely evaporating water. When I put an inch of
    water in a polyethylene bag on top of a PV panel, the output only dropped 6%.
    (I didn't wait for a temperature change.) This might work well with a mirror
    reflector to put 2-3 suns onto a standard horizontal PV panel.

  3. Eeyore

    Eeyore Guest

    Use a water filled sunlight filter and draw off the warmed water.

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