Thermal analysis of a BIPV system by various modelling approaches

Ya Brigitte Assoa, Luigi Mongibello, Anna Carr, Bernhard Kubicek, Maider Machado, Jens Merten, Siwanand Misara, Francesco Roca, Wendelin Sprenger, Martin Wagner, Shokufeh Zamini, Tomás Baenas, Philippe Malbranche

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This work presents various models developed and implemented within the SOPHIA European project in order to thermally characterize PV modules in a rooftop BIPV configuration. Different approaches have been considered, including a linear model, lumped elements models and models that make use of commercial software solvers. The validation of the models performed by comparing the results of simulations with experimental data recorded on a test bench over an entire year is presented and discussed on a seasonal basis. The results have shown that all the models implemented allow achieving a good prediction of the PV modules back surface temperature, with the minimum value of the coefficient of determination R2around 95% on a yearly basis. Moreover, the influence of season weather conditions and of the incident solar irradiance magnitude on the accuracy of the considered thermal models is highlighted. The major result of the present study is represented by the fact that it has been possible to perform a better thermal characterization of the BIPV module by tuning some of the heat transfer coefficients, such as those relative to the effects of the wind velocity, and to the evaluation of sky temperature.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1289 - 1299
Number of pages11
JournalSolar Energy
Publication statusPublished - 2017


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Materials Science(all)

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Assoa, Y. B., Mongibello, L., Carr, A., Kubicek, B., Machado, M., Merten, J., Misara, S., Roca, F., Sprenger, W., Wagner, M., Zamini, S., Baenas, T., & Malbranche, P. (2017). Thermal analysis of a BIPV system by various modelling approaches. Solar Energy, 155, 1289 - 1299.