Smart windows: thermal modelling and evaluation
journal contributionposted on 10.04.2014, 13:12 by M. Sabry, Philip EamesPhilip Eames, H. Singh, Yupeng Wu
A numerical investigation of the performance of a multi paned smart window integrated with water-cooled high efficiency third generation GaAsP/InGaAs QWSC (∼32% efficiency) solar cells illuminated by two-axis tracking solar concentrators at 500× in the inter pane space is presented. Optimising system parameters such as optical concentration ratio and coolant (water) flow rate is essential in order to avoid degradation in system performance due to high cell temperatures and thermal stresses. Detailed modelling of the thermo-fluid characteristics of the smart windows system was undertaken using a finite volume CFD package. Results of this analysis which considered the conductive, convective and radiative heat exchange processes taking place in the interior of the smart window system as well as the heat exchange to the internal and external ambient environment are presented.
The authors would like to acknowledge the support of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) [grant number EP/D060214/2].
- Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering