Hybrid Photovoltaic–Thermoelectric Generators: Theory of Operation

  • Dario Narducci
  • Peter Bermel
  • Bruno Lorenzi
  • Ning Wang
  • Kazuaki Yazawa
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Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 268)

Abstract

This chapter is devoted to provide the general theory describing the hybridization of solar cells with thermoelectric generators. Moving from a description of the system, its main components will be introduced and analysed. Their characteristics and their impact on the final system efficiency will be scrutinised. Specifically, the heat generation within solar cells will be detailed considering the main losses occurring in a PV cell. This will bring to an evaluation of the temperature sensitivity of solar cells, which is one of the most important parameter to be considered when pairing PV cells and TEGs. In addition, we will introduce the concept of fully hybridized systems, where the thermoelectric and PV devices are both thermally and electrically connected to each other.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Dario Narducci
    • 1
  • Peter Bermel
    • 2
  • Bruno Lorenzi
    • 3
  • Ning Wang
    • 4
  • Kazuaki Yazawa
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Materials ScienceUniversity of Milano-BicoccaMilanItaly
  2. 2.Birck Nanotechnology CenterPurdue UniversityWest LafayetteUSA
  3. 3.University of Milano-BicoccaMilanItaly
  4. 4.Chinese Academy of SciencesInstitute of Soil and Water ConservationYanglingChina

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