Knowledge of wind effects on building-integrated solar energy systems is essential for research on their electrical/thermal performance and unforeseen damage due to wind loading. This research aims to enhance fundamental knowledge on the complex interaction between wind and building-integrated solar energy systems in urban areas. The focus will be on: (i) building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV), (ii) building-integrated conventional thermal/photovoltaics (T/BIPV), and (iii) building-integrated nano-based thermal/photovoltaics systems.
The impact of different meteorological conditions (e.g., wind speed, wind direction, etc.) and urban geometry parameters (e.g., building height variation, plan area density, etc.) will be investigated. Both normal operating conditions and extreme wind conditions will be considered. Special attention will be directed to wind effects on spatial temperature variations in module level and PV cell level.
Given the complexities involved in analyzing unsteady wind and its interaction with BIPVs (T/BIPVs), experimental research in an atmospheric boundary layer wind tunnel (ABLWT) will be combined with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulations, exploiting the synergy between the two approaches. A specific focus will be on the correct representation of the high-frequency and low-frequency dynamic effects of the wind in the ABLWT. Given the importance of time-dependent analysis for the dynamic effects of wind on BIPVs (T/BIPVs), state‐of‐the‐art CFD simulations using Large Eddy Simulation (LES) and Scale-Adaptive Simulation (SAS) will be implemented. Based on the obtained experimental and numerical results, metamodels will be developed for performance prediction and optimization of BIPV systems.
This research contributes to the design, optimization and production of decentralized renewable energy generation solutions and accurate forecasting of the power generation of building-integrated solar systems that can reduce the impact of uncertainty on the grid and improve system reliability.
The PhD candidate will be hosted at the Building Physics group in the Department of the Built Environment at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) in the Netherlands. As this research project is tied to the Eindhoven Institute for Renewable Energy Systems (EIRES), successful integration of the PhD candidate in EIRES is expected. Besides research, the candidate is expected to be involved in the educational tasks (teaching and supervising MS students).
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