University of Twente Student Theses


Photovoltaic bubble module

Christiaanse, T. (2011) Photovoltaic bubble module.

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Abstract:ENEA in Portici develops new products in the sector of technologies for energy saving and new energy sources in photovoltaics. Together with the University of Twente, the purpose is defined to develop a new PV module, which can be integrated in current architecture. In chapter one, two, three and four, analyses of all information that is needed to design the new module are done. The working of PV is been studied in order to get to know some understanding of this technology. The ins and outs about power generation are studied, so that the power generation of the PV bubble module could be calculated, and to be able to make the electrical scheme. The financial aspects have been researched so that an estimation of the costs could be made. Of course the composition of a PV module and a PV system is listed and the positioning of PV modules is been researched so that the knowledge about this important aspects can be used in the new design. The electrical and mechanical requirements given by the International Electrotechnical Commission are listed and the requirements according the aesthetical performance given by the International Energy Agency are listed. Then, a small market research to the current innovative products has taken place in chapter four. In chapter five new information is acquired by an interview about the wishes of architects, the selection of a material and an analysis of Blob buildings has been done. All this information, together with the analyses of chapter one, two, three, and four results in a list of requirements. The next step was to generate concepts in chapter six. The one that meets the requirements the best, was chosen. This is the concept called “Round” and it consists of round modules and connection parts. The connection parts connect three modules to each other and take care of the wire-connection between the modules. The elaboration of this concept is done in chapter seven, where the renders electrical schemes, material selection and explanation about the working can be found. The result is a concept for a PV bubble module, which can be applied on the envelope of Blob architecture. But, in order to be able to commercialize the product, more research should be done to the working of the spherical cells, the electrical connection of the cells and of the modules, the production methodology, the maintenance of the product and the specific mechanical aspects.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:ET: Engineering Technology
Subject:20 art studies
Programme:Industrial Design BSc (56955)
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