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Photovoltaic thermal panels: on the brink of demonstration
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ECN Energy in the Built Environment 1-11-2002
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ECN-RX--02-048 Conference Paper
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Presented at: PV in Europe - From PV Technology to Energy Solutions Conference and Exhibition, Rome, Italy, 7-11 oktober 2002.

Solar radiation is converted into both heat and electricity by PVT panels.The basic concept PVT panel consists of a PV laminate that is joined with a sheet-and-tube type solar thermal absorber. From the start of the PVT development in The Netherlands in 1996, three consecutive prototypes were designed, built and tested. Increase of the thermal absorption was the main drive for the first and second prototype, while the third prototype was developed especially for improved manufacturability. The resulting PVT panel is produced by direct lamination of the PV subsystem onto the sheet-and-tube substrate, resulting in good thermal performance and basically the same production steps as for conventional PV panels. The developed PVT collectors will be demonstrated tirst in an EC funded project in the U.K., where the new head office of RES will be equipped with, amongst other renewable energy measures, 60 m² PVT.

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