Manara - Qatar Research Repository
0354-98361900468S.pdf (1.75 MB)

Comparative analysis of a novel low concentration dual photovoltaic/phase change material system with a non-concentrator photovoltaic system

Download (1.75 MB)
journal contribution
submitted on 2024-07-07, 09:03 and posted on 2024-07-07, 09:04 authored by Jawad Sarwar, Arshmah Hasnain, Ahmed Abbas, Konstantinos Kakosimos

In this work, a novel design of a concentrated photovoltaic system with thermal management using phase change material is analyzed. The novelty lies in utilizing two mono-facial photovoltaic cells, installing one on upper side of the receiver to receive non-concentrated sunlight and installing another photovoltaic cell on bottom side to receive concentrated sunlight. An RT47 (melting range of 41-48?) phase change material enclosed in an aluminum containment regulates the temperature of the system. Parabolic trough concentrator is used to focus sunlight on the bottom photovoltaic cell with a concentration ratio of 25. A finite volume based coupled thermal, electrical and optical model is developed and the system is analyzed for environmental conditions of Doha, Qatar. Temperature regulation and electrical power output of upper photovoltaic cell and bottom concentrated photovoltaic cell of proposed design are compared to a conventional flat plate system. Analysis is made for one day of each month of a year. It is found that the proposed design maintains the temperature below 85? for all months of a year. The performance of the proposed system is comparable to the conventional flat plate system and excels it with power production in the range of ?4.7% and +21.7%.

Other Information

Published in: Thermal Science
See article on publisher's website:

Additional institutions affiliated with: Technical Quality Assurance and Services - TAMUQ, Sustainability Energy and Clean Air Research Laboratory - TAMUQ


Qatar National Research Fund (PDRA2-1105-14044), Cost Effective Concentrated Photovoltaic System with Thermal Energy Storage.



  • English


National Library of Serbia

Publication Year

  • 2021

License statement

This Item is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

Institution affiliated with

  • Texas A&M University at Qatar

Usage metrics

    Texas A&M University at Qatar


    Ref. manager