A novel hybrid energy system combined with solar-road and soil-regenerator: Sensitivity analysis and optimization

Xiang, Bo and Cao, Xiaoling and Yuan, Yanping and Hasanuzzaman, Md. and Zeng, Chao and Ji, Yasheng and Sun, Liangliang (2018) A novel hybrid energy system combined with solar-road and soil-regenerator: Sensitivity analysis and optimization. Renewable Energy, 129. pp. 419-430. ISSN 0960-1481, DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2018.06.027.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2018.06.027


To reduce the dependency of fossil fuels and greenhouse effect, the authors have proposed a novel solar-road and soil-regenerator hybrid energy system (SRSRHES), which utilizes a combination of Photovoltaic-Thermal (PVT) and soil heat storage technologies on the roadways. Design parameters and meteorological conditions affect the thermal storage performance of SRSRHES, which directly influences its annual performance and cost-effectiveness. Therefore, the study investigated the influence of flow rate, soil thermal properties, collector area, and borehole depth on electrical and thermal performance in three different cities with a numerical method to realize rational configuration of design parameters for the system. The results indicated that the recommended flow rates are 0.5, 0.3, and 0.3 kg/s in Beijing, Harbin, and Barkam respectively; Overall energy efficiency for different soils is different that is increased in the order of clay, sandy soil, sandstone, limestone, and granite. Collector area exerts a positive effect on total energy generation, but has a negative effect on overall energy efficiency. Borehole depth has a positive effect on both total energy generation and overall energy efficiency; Furthermore, the influence of various parameters on power generation performance is less than thermal storage performance, and overall energy efficiency mainly depend on thermal storage performance.

Item Type: Article
Funders: Natural Science Foundation of China (No.: 51678488), Youth Science and Technology Innovation Team of Sichuan Province of Building Environment and Energy Efficiency (No: 2015TD0015)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Solar road; Ground heat exchanger; Photovoltaic-thermal; Electrical efficiency; Thermal storage efficiency; Overall energy efficiency
Subjects: T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Ms. Juhaida Abd Rahim
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2019 09:09
Last Modified: 15 Feb 2019 09:09
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/20346

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