Indian Journal of Science and Technology
Year: 2016, Volume: 9, Issue: 5, Pages: 1-6
D. Revati* and E. Natarajan
*Author for Correspondence
Institute for Energy Studies, Anna University, Chennai - 600025, Tamil Nadu, India; [email protected]
The main objective of the present work is to investigate an effect of the temperature on the performance of the solar cell. In order to accomplish this study, solar panel has been tested under three different conditions such as, solar panel without cooling, solar panel placed in grass field and solar panel with air cooling. During testing, solar cell parameters such as open circuit voltage, short circuit current, surface temperature, panel temperature and ambient temperature have been observed. The results obtained clearly show that solar panel with air cooling has generated the maximum open circuit voltage and short circuit current while comparing to other two test conditions. For every 15 minutes, solar panel has been made to cool with air so as to decrease the temperature rise of the solar panel. Based on the test results, it could be concluded that solar panel integrated with air cooling system is expected to achieve higher electrical efficiency owing to improved power generation. The present work could be beneficial to understand the effect of temperature on the cell parameters and performance of the solar panel.
Keywords: Air Cooling, Electrical Efficiency, Solar Cell, Solar Radiation, Temperature Rise
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