Title

Concentrating Photovoltaic and Thermal Collector

Presenter Information

Cory Brennan

Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Major

Civil and Architectural 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

Cory Brennan is a fifth year senior pursuing his bachelor’s degrees in Civil Engineering and Architectural Engineering from Belleville, Illinois. His work with the Missouri S&T Solar House, spurned an interest in renewable technologies, and integrated building systems. His course load within his department and research experiences with building integrated automation systems showcases this unique interest. After taking a semester co-op to lead Missouri S&T Solar House to its competition in Washington D.C. as its project manager, he hopes to begin his career within this emerging field.

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 Andrew Adams and Benjamin Brannon

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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.