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Thermal Modeling and Measurement of Junctions in Photovoltaic Packages

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This study reports the direct thermal observation of the junction temperature and determination of the thermal resistance in a commercial solar cell package under actual operating conditions. A thermal transient method was the key method that was utilized for the thermal characterization of the device. Sunlight directed into the solar cell package was found to increase significantly the heat generation inside the solar cell package. It was shown that the operation of the solar cell package with sunlight of 1 sun resulted in a junction temperature of about 113 °C. The simulation data were in good agreement with the measured values. Detailed thermal performance of the solar cell package was projected using a Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) method under various operating conditions. Thermal resistance was determined under various operating conditions.

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1166/jnn.2012.5562

Publication date: April 1, 2012

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  • Journal for Nanoscience and Nanotechnology (JNN) is an international and multidisciplinary peer-reviewed journal with a wide-ranging coverage, consolidating research activities in all areas of nanoscience and nanotechnology into a single and unique reference source. JNN is the first cross-disciplinary journal to publish original full research articles, rapid communications of important new scientific and technological findings, timely state-of-the-art reviews with author's photo and short biography, and current research news encompassing the fundamental and applied research in all disciplines of science, engineering and medicine.
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