Performance Analysis and Comparison of a Concentrated Photovoltaic System with Different Phase Change Materials Academic Article uri icon


  • In this work, temperature regulation and electrical output of a concentrated photovoltaic system coupled with a phase change material (CPVPCM) system is investigated and compared with a single sun crystalline photovoltaic (PV) system. A fully coupled thermal-optical-electrical model has been developed in-house to conduct the simulation studies for actual weather conditions of Doha (Qatar) and selected phase change materials (PCMs). The selected PCMs are lauric acid, RT47, S-series salt, STL47, ClimSelTM C48, RT54, RT60, RT62, and RT64. An optical concentration ratio of 20 is considered on a 15 mm wide crystalline silicon cell. The temperature evolution, thermal energy storage and electrical output of the CPVPCM system are obtained for 48-hour simulations with representative weather conditions for each month of a typical meteorological year (TMY). Results and overall thermal and electrical efficiency are compared for each PCM. In brief, the CPVPCM system with S-series salt performs better than all other PCM with an overall efficiency of 54.4%. Furthermore, this system consistently produces more power than a PV system with an equal footprint (1 m2) for each month of the TMY.

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altmetric score

  • 0.75

author list (cited authors)

  • Sarwar, J., Shad, M. R., Hasnain, A., Ali, F., Kakosimos, K. E., & Ghosh, A.

citation count

  • 4

complete list of authors

  • Sarwar, Jawad||Shad, Muhammad Rizwan||Hasnain, Arshmah||Ali, Farman||Kakosimos, Konstantinos E||Ghosh, Aritra

publication date

  • January 2021