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2019

Portland State University

Theses/Dissertations

Mechanical Engineering

Solar energy

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Infinite Photovoltaic Solar Arrays: Considering Flux Of Momentum And Heat Transfer, Andrew D. S. Glick Jun 2019

Infinite Photovoltaic Solar Arrays: Considering Flux Of Momentum And Heat Transfer, Andrew D. S. Glick

Dissertations and Theses

Large scale solar farms supply an increasing amount of the worlds electricity supply. However, in order to reach cost parity with fossil fuels, further reductions are necessary. Towards this end, photovoltaic (PV) panel cooling becomes increasingly important; high temperatures both decrease efficiency and panel lifetime. To better understand, characterize, and exploit the natural convective cooling of utility scale solar farms, a model solar farm was created. Using both thermal measurements and particle image velocimetry to characterize heat transfer and velocity fields, wind tunnel experiments were conducted using the model solar farm. Three parameters were examined for their effect on heat ...