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Photovoltaic Thermal (PV/T) Collectors: Advances in Design and Implementation

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Renewable energy technologies have emerged as viable sources of alternative energies, particularly in the past decade. The adoption of these technologies is a crucial task in the path towards energy efficiency and sustainability, in addition to the ecological efforts to reduce carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions. The utilization of solar energy technologies is at the forefront, with a global contribution of around 472 GWth for solar thermal systems in 2017, and 633.7 GWel for photovoltaic (PV) systems in 2019.

Since the 1970s, various techniques have been studied for the cooling of PV systems, and from that research, the hybrid photovoltaic thermal (PV/T) collector has emerged. A collector which combines PV and solar thermal systems to produce electrical and thermal energy, simultaneously. The production of electrical energy of the PV module is enhanced because of the cooling achieved through the solar thermal component. Recently, this area of research has been growing in terms of research and development. Many PV/T collectors with energy-efficient designs have been proposed, tested, and evaluated in comparison with separate PV and solar thermal systems. Many researchers have investigated the use of novel heat sinks for passive cooling of PV systems. Nanofluids have been incorporated as heat transfer fluids and optical filters for PV and PV/T systems. Nano-enhanced Phase Change Material (PCM) have also been utilized for thermal regulation of PV modules. The continuous development of this technology calls for the necessity of developing advanced PV/T collectors to drive this field forward and encourage the investment and adoption of this technology.

We call for papers on the design and implementation of advance types of Photovoltaic Thermal (PV/T) systems. Original research papers, review papers, case studies, experimental, analytical and numerical studies relevant to the topic of PV/T systems are welcome. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

• PV with passive cooling fins,
• PV/T with hybrid nanofluids,
• PV/T with heat pipes,
• PV/T hybrid systems,
• PV/T’s with phase change material and nano-enhanced phase change material.


Keywords: Solar thermal systems, Nanofluids-based PV/T, Hybrid photovoltaic thermal collectors, Nano-enhanced phase change materials, Life cycle cost analysis of PV/T systems


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Renewable energy technologies have emerged as viable sources of alternative energies, particularly in the past decade. The adoption of these technologies is a crucial task in the path towards energy efficiency and sustainability, in addition to the ecological efforts to reduce carbon footprint and greenhouse gas emissions. The utilization of solar energy technologies is at the forefront, with a global contribution of around 472 GWth for solar thermal systems in 2017, and 633.7 GWel for photovoltaic (PV) systems in 2019.

Since the 1970s, various techniques have been studied for the cooling of PV systems, and from that research, the hybrid photovoltaic thermal (PV/T) collector has emerged. A collector which combines PV and solar thermal systems to produce electrical and thermal energy, simultaneously. The production of electrical energy of the PV module is enhanced because of the cooling achieved through the solar thermal component. Recently, this area of research has been growing in terms of research and development. Many PV/T collectors with energy-efficient designs have been proposed, tested, and evaluated in comparison with separate PV and solar thermal systems. Many researchers have investigated the use of novel heat sinks for passive cooling of PV systems. Nanofluids have been incorporated as heat transfer fluids and optical filters for PV and PV/T systems. Nano-enhanced Phase Change Material (PCM) have also been utilized for thermal regulation of PV modules. The continuous development of this technology calls for the necessity of developing advanced PV/T collectors to drive this field forward and encourage the investment and adoption of this technology.

We call for papers on the design and implementation of advance types of Photovoltaic Thermal (PV/T) systems. Original research papers, review papers, case studies, experimental, analytical and numerical studies relevant to the topic of PV/T systems are welcome. Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

• PV with passive cooling fins,
• PV/T with hybrid nanofluids,
• PV/T with heat pipes,
• PV/T hybrid systems,
• PV/T’s with phase change material and nano-enhanced phase change material.


Keywords: Solar thermal systems, Nanofluids-based PV/T, Hybrid photovoltaic thermal collectors, Nano-enhanced phase change materials, Life cycle cost analysis of PV/T systems


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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