Study on the potential use of textured plastic covers to improve a solar cell performance

M. A.A. Kader, H. Mohamed, Mohd Rashdan Isa, Nazirul Mubin Zahari, Mohd Hafiz Zawawi, F. I. Zaabar

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Abstract

A small solar cell was assembled with various textured surface covers and investigated for the effects of light transmission and surface temperature. Four textured covers made of plactic were studied, namely plain surface, inverted pyramids, light grooved Fresnel lens, round grooved Fresnel lens and two different exposed areas without any cover for benchmarking purposes, creating six test modules. Measurements of light transmission in terms of short circuit currents, Isc, were collected as a function of angle of incidence using a solar simulator. A thermocouple was also used to measure the temperature of the solar cell in order to evaluate the effect of textured surface covers on the solar cell temperature. Results show a decrease in short circuit current, Isc of up to 8.26% for inverted pyramids in comparison to the flat surface cover. In addition, the light gain, Isc, decreases at higher angles of incidence. Nonetheless, it was found that the inverted pyramids surface has a reasonable cooling effect with 2 °C of temperature drop. The decreased temperature will potentially increase the power output as well as efficiency of the solar cell with a textured cover.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGreen Design and Manufacture
Subtitle of host publicationAdvanced and Emerging Applications: Proceeding of the 4th International Conference on Green Design and Manufacture 2018
EditorsMuhammad Faheem Bin Mohd Tahir, Romisuhani Ahmad, Mohd Nasir Bin Mat Saad, Mohd Fathullah Bin Ghazli, Mohd Mustafa Al-Bakri Abdullah, Shayfull Zamree Bin Abd. Rahim, Liyana Binti Jamaludin
PublisherAmerican Institute of Physics Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9780735417526
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 09 Nov 2018
Event4th International Conference on Green Design and Manufacture 2018, IConGDM 2018 - Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam
Duration: 29 Apr 201830 Apr 2018

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
Volume2030
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616

Other

Other4th International Conference on Green Design and Manufacture 2018, IConGDM 2018
CountryViet Nam
CityHo Chi Minh
Period29/04/1830/04/18

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plastics
solar cells
pyramids
Fresnel lenses
light transmission
short circuit currents
incidence
temperature
solar simulators
thermocouples
plains
surface temperature
flat surfaces
modules
cooling
output

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  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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Kader, M. A. A., Mohamed, H., Isa, M. R., Zahari, N. M., Zawawi, M. H., & Zaabar, F. I. (2018). Study on the potential use of textured plastic covers to improve a solar cell performance. In M. F. B. M. Tahir, R. Ahmad, M. N. B. M. Saad, M. F. B. Ghazli, M. M. A-B. Abdullah, S. Z. B. A. Rahim, & L. B. Jamaludin (Eds.), Green Design and Manufacture: Advanced and Emerging Applications: Proceeding of the 4th International Conference on Green Design and Manufacture 2018 [020249] (AIP Conference Proceedings; Vol. 2030). American Institute of Physics Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5066890
Kader, M. A.A. ; Mohamed, H. ; Isa, Mohd Rashdan ; Zahari, Nazirul Mubin ; Zawawi, Mohd Hafiz ; Zaabar, F. I. / Study on the potential use of textured plastic covers to improve a solar cell performance. Green Design and Manufacture: Advanced and Emerging Applications: Proceeding of the 4th International Conference on Green Design and Manufacture 2018. editor / Muhammad Faheem Bin Mohd Tahir ; Romisuhani Ahmad ; Mohd Nasir Bin Mat Saad ; Mohd Fathullah Bin Ghazli ; Mohd Mustafa Al-Bakri Abdullah ; Shayfull Zamree Bin Abd. Rahim ; Liyana Binti Jamaludin. American Institute of Physics Inc., 2018. (AIP Conference Proceedings).
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Kader, MAA, Mohamed, H, Isa, MR, Zahari, NM, Zawawi, MH & Zaabar, FI 2018, Study on the potential use of textured plastic covers to improve a solar cell performance. in MFBM Tahir, R Ahmad, MNBM Saad, MFB Ghazli, MMA-B Abdullah, SZBA Rahim & LB Jamaludin (eds), Green Design and Manufacture: Advanced and Emerging Applications: Proceeding of the 4th International Conference on Green Design and Manufacture 2018., 020249, AIP Conference Proceedings, vol. 2030, American Institute of Physics Inc., 4th International Conference on Green Design and Manufacture 2018, IConGDM 2018, Ho Chi Minh, Viet Nam, 29/04/18. https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5066890

Study on the potential use of textured plastic covers to improve a solar cell performance. / Kader, M. A.A.; Mohamed, H.; Isa, Mohd Rashdan; Zahari, Nazirul Mubin; Zawawi, Mohd Hafiz; Zaabar, F. I.

Green Design and Manufacture: Advanced and Emerging Applications: Proceeding of the 4th International Conference on Green Design and Manufacture 2018. ed. / Muhammad Faheem Bin Mohd Tahir; Romisuhani Ahmad; Mohd Nasir Bin Mat Saad; Mohd Fathullah Bin Ghazli; Mohd Mustafa Al-Bakri Abdullah; Shayfull Zamree Bin Abd. Rahim; Liyana Binti Jamaludin. American Institute of Physics Inc., 2018. 020249 (AIP Conference Proceedings; Vol. 2030).

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Kader MAA, Mohamed H, Isa MR, Zahari NM, Zawawi MH, Zaabar FI. Study on the potential use of textured plastic covers to improve a solar cell performance. In Tahir MFBM, Ahmad R, Saad MNBM, Ghazli MFB, Abdullah MMA-B, Rahim SZBA, Jamaludin LB, editors, Green Design and Manufacture: Advanced and Emerging Applications: Proceeding of the 4th International Conference on Green Design and Manufacture 2018. American Institute of Physics Inc. 2018. 020249. (AIP Conference Proceedings). https://doi.org/10.1063/1.5066890