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Semi-Transparent Building Integrated Photovoltaic Solar Glazing: Investigations of Electrical and Optical Performances for Window Applications in Tropical Region

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dc.contributor.author Joseph, Benedicto
dc.contributor.author Kichonge, Baraka
dc.contributor.author Pogrebnaya, Tatiana P.
dc.date.accessioned 2020-03-06T10:10:41Z
dc.date.available 2020-03-06T10:10:41Z
dc.date.issued 2019-12-17
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1155/2019/6096481
dc.identifier.uri http://dspace.nm-aist.ac.tz/handle/123456789/609
dc.description This research article published by Hindawi, 2019 en_US
dc.description.abstract Integrating solar PV technology with semi-transparent windows permits multifunctional operation as electricity generation and allowing natural light to enter the building, hence overall energy efficiency improvement. The performance of the semi-transparent building integrated PV glazing on office building facade has been investigated in Tanzania’s tropical climate. Experimental measurements of the electrical and optical parameters for the system efficacy evaluation were done at various conditions which included cloudy, normal, and clear sky days. The weather parameters under consideration were solar irradiance, air temperature, relative humidity, and wind speed. The experimental set-up consisted of building integrated silicon mono crystalline semi-transparent PV module rated at 50 W and accessories. The I-V and P-V curves were measured at different irradiances. Throughout the experiment, the observed module temperature was between 20°C and 51°C and the air temperature was 17–33°C while the humidity was recorded at the range of 23–63%. Module electrical efficiency was observed to vary from 4% to 9% while the visible light transmission was obtained between 11% and 19%. It was proved that at high temperature regardless of irradiance increase, there were observed output power and efficiency drops caused by high heat losses. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Hindawi en_US
dc.subject Research Subject Categories::NATURAL SCIENCES en_US
dc.title Semi-Transparent Building Integrated Photovoltaic Solar Glazing: Investigations of Electrical and Optical Performances for Window Applications in Tropical Region en_US
dc.type Article en_US


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