Title

Concentrating Photovoltaic and Thermal Collector

Presenter Information

Andrew M. Adams

Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Major

Civil Engineering

Research Advisor

Baur, Stuart Werner, 1965-

Advisor's Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Funding Source

Missouri S&T Opportunities for Undergraduate Research Experiences (OURE) Fellows Program; Missouri S&T Solar House Team

Abstract

Although thermal concentrators are readily available, the market for Concentrating Photovoltaic and Thermal Collectors is a fairly untouched application. This combination of thermal heat transfer and photovoltaic energy generation, working in harmony to produce a benefit in both arenas, is a bold step into the common application of renewable energy generation and use. The tests conducted within this research helped to prove the theory that the thermal energy could be taken from the concentrated cell thus producing an increase in the solar output of the cell itself. The concentration of the parabolic trough emphasized this effect by focusing the solar output onto the collector and creating a large temperature differential within the system. This experiment and its results furthered the understanding of combined energy generation systems.

Biography

Andrew M. Adams is a first year senior majoring in Civil Engineering at Missouri University of Science and Technology and a transfer student from Missouri State University and a graduate of Nixa High School. He took a Co-Op in Fall of '09 with the Missouri S&T Show-Me Solar House team to participate in the U.S. DOE 2009 Solar Decathlon. He is presently Lead Civil Engineer for the 2011 Show-Me Solar House Team, a member of Engineers without Borders, and an active member in various research projects at Missouri S&T.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Document Type

Presentation

Award

Engineering oral presentation, First place

Location

Ozark Room

Presentation Date

07 Apr 2010, 9:00 am - 9:30 am

Comments

Joint Project with Benjamin Brannon and Cory Brennan

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Concentrating Photovoltaic and Thermal Collector

Ozark Room

Although thermal concentrators are readily available, the market for Concentrating Photovoltaic and Thermal Collectors is a fairly untouched application. This combination of thermal heat transfer and photovoltaic energy generation, working in harmony to produce a benefit in both arenas, is a bold step into the common application of renewable energy generation and use. The tests conducted within this research helped to prove the theory that the thermal energy could be taken from the concentrated cell thus producing an increase in the solar output of the cell itself. The concentration of the parabolic trough emphasized this effect by focusing the solar output onto the collector and creating a large temperature differential within the system. This experiment and its results furthered the understanding of combined energy generation systems.