Collection of Heat Loss in Photovoltaic System by Parallely Connected Thermoelectric Network

Joel Erickson, Jing Bai

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The goal of this work is to increase solar cell efficiency by efficiently combining the electric power of a solar cell and a thermoelectric generator into a single two terminal hybrid device. This work presents a method of achieving this by dividing the thermoelectric generator into smaller thermoelectric generators, forming a parallel connected network with them, and connecting this network in series with the solar cell. An equivalent circuit model was developed for this device scheme, and compared with experimental data. The data show some support of the model, but fine evaluation of the model's accuracy was hindered by limitations in the experimental setup. If thermoelectric generator efficiency increases in the future, it may become practical to combine thermoelectric generators with solar cells. Providing a method for combining the two power sources at the cellular level may be important for simplifying and improving systems that use these photovoitaic/thermoelectric hybrids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2022 IEEE 49th Photovoltaics Specialists Conference, PVSC 2022
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781728161174
StatePublished - 2022
Event49th IEEE Photovoltaics Specialists Conference, PVSC 2022 - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: Jun 5 2022Jun 10 2022

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371


Conference49th IEEE Photovoltaics Specialists Conference, PVSC 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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