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Water Cooling Solar Panels to Cut the Air Conditioning Costs

Solar energy is an efficient way for your air conditioner to produce renewable energy while still supplying the rest of your electrical appliances. For over 25 years, solar panel systems would have thousands of energy savings and outlast your air conditioner plus all the other machines they fuel.

Due to excessive solar radiation and high ambient temperatures, one of the significant challenges facing photovoltaic panels (PV) is overheating. Overheating can significantly decrease the performance of the solar panels.

Increased demands for indoor cooling requirements are now rising, thermal human comfort inside residential buildings, reducing the divergence between energy supply and energy demand through low-grade heat sources such as solar energy and industrial waste heat.

Your motive for going solar doesn’t have to be air conditioning; it works the other way as well. If you have solar panels already installed and are dealing with the summer sun, it is still an excellent time to look at your home cooling options now.

 Solar Panel Cooling Techniques

Today, one of the most common cooling photovoltaic panels is the Hybrid Photovoltaic / Thermal (PV / T) Solar System. The hybrid system consists of a cooling system paired with solar photovoltaic panels. For the cooling of solar cells, the cooling agent, i.e., water or air, will circulate over the PV panels so that the hot water or air leaving the panels can further use it as for domestic applications, such as domestic heating.

Solar Panel Cooling Technology

Increased demands for indoor cooling requirements are now rising thermal human comfort inside residential buildings, reducing the divergence between energy supply and energy demand through low-grade heat sources such as solar energy and industrial waste heat.

A mathematical model can calculate when the panels’ temperature exceeds the maximum permissible temperature (MAT) to start cooling the PV panels. 

To decide how long it takes to cool the PV panels down to their average operating temperature, i.e., 35 ° C, a cooling model has been developed on the proposed cooling system.

The two models, the heating rate model and the cooling rate model, have been experimentally validated. Based on the heating and cooling rate models, if the panels’ cooling begins when the temperature of the PV panels exceeds a maximum allowable temperature (MAT) of 45 ° C, the PV panels yield the highest output energy. The MAT is a temperature balance between the output energy from the PV panels and the cooling power required.

The water-based cooling system can increase solar cells’ efficiency more remarkable than the cooling system based on air.

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The solar water cooler will sharply reduce the cost of air conditioning and refrigeration on an industrial scale. 

The new water coolers come in three parts. The first is a silver-coated plastic coating that reflects almost all incoming sunlight, stopping the panel from heating up in the summer sun.

In the second part, a snaking copper tube sits on the plastic sheet. Water will flow through the tube, where the plastic sheds heat. At a wavelength in the middle region of the infrared (IR) spectrum, the heat is then radiated out by the plastic, which is not absorbed by the atmosphere and travels to outer space instead.

Finally, the entire panel will become thermally seal, meaning that almost all the heat radiated from the flowing water comes from the circulating water and not the surrounding air.

Now, in the journal Nature Energy, Stanford’s Eli Goldstein and his team report on the design of “fluid cooling panels that use radiative sky cooling to cool fluids with zero evaporative losses below the air temperature, and use almost no electricity.”

To sum up, the study on solar thermal-driven cooling systems have made us conclude some points.

Research on solar thermal systems shows that solar thermal cooling systems are promising technologies, especially in the small and medium cooling capacity ranges. 

Work temperatures have a significant effect on the chiller’s refrigeration ability.

It has experimentally validated both the heating rate and the cooling rate models.

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