Clean Energy Engineering: CEEN Seminar 2019
On February 13 2019, students and faculty from Clean Energy Engineering, Clean Energy Research Centre and Mechanical Engineering welcomed Dr. Sandro Nižetić from the University of Split (Croatia) for the first MEL Clean Energy Engineering Seminar of 2019. Dr. Nižetić has more than fifteen years of research and teaching experience in Applied Thermodynamics, HVAC systems, Refrigeration, Energy efficiency in Buildings and Rational Energy Usage.
The topic of the seminar was on the Thermal Management of the Silicon Photovoltaic (PV) Panels: Issues, Challenges and Necessity for the Smart Cooling Approach. During the seminar, Dr. Nižetić presented various active and passive cooling strategies for PVs, discussing them from a performance point of view as well as taking their general economic and environmental aspects into account.
Currently, the majority of photovoltaic (PV) technologies that are available on the market are siliceous based PV technologies, with a current market share of about 94% and about 70% of which are produced in a multi-crystalline variant (Si-poly). Besides a relatively high investment cost and modest overall efficiency, one of the main issues related to siliceous based PV technologies lies in the degradation of PV panel efficiency caused by the elevated PV panel operating temperatures during operation.
MEL CEEN students were able to learn about the main obstacles of photovoltaic (PV) technologies, particularly with respect to future development of smart hybrid cooling techniques. The overall seminar allowed students to connect clean energy engineering course concepts to current advancing research in sustainable energy and how it impacts society.
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