Photovoltaic Thermal Energy - Driving solar PV efficiency while capturing heat energy in each panel. Sydney, Australia.
 
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Pilot Study

A pilot Photovoltaic Thermal (PVT) system has been operational in Sydney Australia since April 2018. It has operated without issue since this date and records the amount of electrical and heat energy produced by the PVT panels. A chart below indicates the energy and power produced over a one day period in August 2019:

 
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Pilot system specs

  • 28 x 300W LG Neon panels

  • 27 x thermal (Coolsheet) panels

  • 45 degree tilt

  • North facing (equivalent of south facing in Europe)

  • Heating a 75,000 litre pool

  • One variable speed pool pump operating at 75% for pool filtration and PVT system

  • Through constant research and development thermal efficiency is constantly being improved

Thermal image showing the cooling effect of the Coolsheets which are placed behind the PV panels. Note that the PV panel in the bottom left corner did not have a cooling panel behind it, and was therefore hotter.

Thermal image showing the cooling effect of the Coolsheets which are placed behind the PV panels. Note that the PV panel in the bottom left corner did not have a cooling panel behind it, and was therefore hotter.

Additional outputs from this pilot system are available here
*Note that although this is a PV output website, solar thermal energy can also be included.