Configuration Effects on Flow Dynamics and Convective Behavior in Large-Scale Solar Arrays
2020 47th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC)
Effects of height and orientation within a model solar farm are studied with respect to heat transfer characteristics and flow mechanisms. Four configurations varying height and inclination were considered in a 4 × 10 unit, heated array. Temperature data compared panel surface convection, and Particle Image Velocimetry (PIV) captured corresponding velocity data. Array height increases produced greatest overall convection, promoting higher velocities and inducing sub-panel flow. Array reversal with respect to inflow captures high-momentum flow, increasing convective cooling on lower panel surfaces.
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Smith, S. E., Glick, A., Ali, N., Bossuyt, J., McNeal, J., Recktenwald, G., Calaf, M., & Cal, R. B. (2020). Configuration Effects on Flow Dynamics and Convective Behavior in Large-Scale Solar Arrays. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). https://doi.org/10.1109/pvsc45281.2020.9300740