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Wind convection coefficient correlations for CPV modules

Adkins, Deborah A



Heat loss due to convection cooling from photovoltaic modules exposed to the external environment plays an important role in the study of photovoltaic design. It is well documented that thermal loss from external surfaces constitutes a large portion of the energy balance. The present work evaluates forced convective heat transfer from the inclined surface of CPV modules. A series of full-scale measurements in the outdoor environment were made to assess the magnitude and variability of wind-induced convective heat transfer from a CPV module mounted directly on an experimental test rig. This paper investigates the applicable wind coefficient correlations and their pertinence to experimental in-sun data.


Adkins, D. A. (2013). Wind convection coefficient correlations for CPV modules. Conference Record IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, 3421-3425.

Journal Article Type Conference Paper
Conference Name 2013 IEEE 39th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC)
Conference Location Tampa, FL, USA
Publication Date Jan 1, 2013
Deposit Date Oct 1, 2019
Journal Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
Print ISSN 0160-8371
Publisher Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Pages 3421-3425
Keywords Wind speed, Heat transfer, Correlation, Temperature measurement, Mathematical model, Photovoltaic systems
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