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PG06 – Sustainable Energy: Energy storage and thermal management of solar cells via Phase Change Materials

Despite the leaps of advancement in harvesting solar energy, some bottlenecks still limit them from becoming truly sustainable. Two such bottlenecks that need to be overcome are the intermittent energy supply, and effective thermal management of these solar systems. Phase change materials (PCMs) offer a promising solution to both these bottlenecks as they allow for an effective energy storage medium and can serve as excellent thermal management systems. The PCMs employ phases transition (normally solid-liquid) to store large amounts of energy and which can then be extracted when the material solidifies. However, the inherently low thermal conductivity of PCMs restricts their applications as an effective medium for energy storage. Incorporation of thermally conductive nanofillers has been employed for the enhancement of PCM performance but at the expense of high filler loadings and loss in storage capacity. We present the use of hybrid nanofillers with different aspect ratios and their synergistic approach for thermal enhancement of PCMs. Along with a novel system comprising of these enhanced PCMs for passive cooling of solar cells and simultaneous energy production via an Organic Rankine cycle.

53 replies on “PG06 – Sustainable Energy: Energy storage and thermal management of solar cells via Phase Change Materials”

This research work would surely be a step change in making Solar Energy Systems more advanced, efficient and user friendly. Great Work

Grear! Heartening to know this type of advanced research is being undertaken in our univerties!

Excellent research topic that fits in with the need of the time when world is looking into alternate dependable energy source. Well done and keep the lead you have taken..

Excellent research topic that fits in with the need of the time when world is already actively looking into alternate dependable energy source. Well done and keep the lead you have taken..

This will solve the problem of low efficiency due to heat. Electrical Engineer Zafar Ahmed Pirzada

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