Effect of dust, humidity and air velocity on efficiency of photovoltaic cells

Mekhilef, Saad and Saidur, Rahman and Kamalisarvestani, Masoud (2012) Effect of dust, humidity and air velocity on efficiency of photovoltaic cells. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 16 (5). pp. 2920-2925. ISSN 1364-0321, DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2012.02.012.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2012.02.012


The environmental and economical merits of converting solar energy into electricity via photovoltaic cells have caused an ever increasing interest among developed and developing countries to allocate more budget on photovoltaic systems in order to boost up their efficiency in recent years. Besides the material and design parameters, there are several omnipresent factors such as dust, humidity and air velocity that can influence the PV cell's performance. There have been a handful of studies conducted on the effect of various influential parameters on the efficiency and performance of photovoltaic cells; however none has taken all these three parameters into account simultaneously. In this study the impact of dust accumulation, humidity level and the air velocity will be elaborated separately and finally the impact of each on the other will be clarified. It is shown that each of these three factors affect the other two and it is concluded that in order to have a profound insight of solar cell design, the effect of these factors should be taken into consideration in parallel.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: 959YN Times Cited:1 Cited References Count:38
Uncontrolled Keywords: Solar cells, pv efficiency, dust, humidity, air velocity, photovoltaic, solar-cells, electrical performance, temperature, irradiance, radiation, modules, power, operation, spectrum, progress.
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering
Depositing User: Mr Jenal S
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2013 00:55
Last Modified: 27 Nov 2019 08:43
URI: http://eprints.um.edu.my/id/eprint/4711

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