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Experimental Investigation of Solar Panel Cooling by a Novel Micro Heat Pipe Array

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A novel micro heat pipe array was used in solar panel cooling. Both of air-cooling and water-cooling conditions under nature convection condition were investigated in this paper. Compared with the ordinary solar panel, the maximum difference of the photoelectric conversion efficiency is 2.6%, the temperature reduces maximally by 4.7℃, the output power increases maximally by 8.4% for the solar panel with heat pipe using air-cooling, when the daily radiation value is 26.3 MJ. Compared with the solar panel with heat pipe using air-cooling, the maximum difference of the photoelectric conversion efficiency is 3%, the temperature reduces maximally by 8℃, the output power increases maximally by 13.9% for the solar panel with heat pipe using water-cooling, when the daily radiation value is 21.9 MJ.

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X. Tang, Z. Quan and Y. Zhao, "Experimental Investigation of Solar Panel Cooling by a Novel Micro Heat Pipe Array," Energy and Power Engineering, Vol. 2 No. 3, 2010, pp. 171-174. doi: 10.4236/epe.2010.23025.

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