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Performance evaluation of a building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) system combined with a wastewater source heat pump (WWSHP) system

Araz, M., Hepbasli, A., Biyik, E., Shahrestani, M., Yao, R., Essah, E., Shao, L., Oliveira, A. C., Ekren, O. and Günerhan, H. (2017) Performance evaluation of a building integrated photovoltaic (BIPV) system combined with a wastewater source heat pump (WWSHP) system. Energy Procedia, 140. pp. 434-446. ISSN 1876-6102

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1016/j.egypro.2017.11.155


This paper deals with both energetic and exergetic performance assessments of two combined systems as a whole. The first one is a Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) system while the second one is a wastewater (WW) Source Heat Pump (WWSHP) system. Both systems were installed at Yasar University, Izmir, Turkey within the framework of EU/FP7 and the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey (TUBITAK) funded projects, respectively. The BIPV system was commissioned on 8 February 2016 and has been successfully operated since then while the WWSHP system was put into operation in October 2014. The BIPV system has a total peak power of 7.44 kW and consists of a total of 48 Crystalline Silicon (c-Si) modules with a gap of 150 mm between the modules and the wall, and a peak power per PV unit of 155 Wp. The WWSHP system consists of three main sub- systems, namely (i) a WW system, (ii) a WWSHP, and (iii) an end user system. Two systems considered have been separately operated while the measured values obtained from both systems have been recorded for performance assessment purposes. In this study, a combined system was conceptually formed and the performance of the whole system was evaluated using actual operational data and some assumptions made. Exergy efficiency values for the WWSHP system and the whole system were determined to be 72.23% and 64.98% on product/fuel basis, while their functional exergy efficiencies are obtained to be 20.93% and 11.82%, respectively. It may be concluded that the methodology presented here will be very beneficial to those dealing with the design and performance analysis and evaluation of BIPV and WWHP systems.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Science > School of the Built Environment > Energy and Environmental Engineering group
ID Code:74617


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