Hydrogen at the rooftop: Compact CPV-hydrogen system to convert sunlight to hydrogen

M. Burhan, M.W. Shahzad, K.C. Ng
Applied Thermal Engineering, volume 132, pp. 154-164, (2018)

Hydrogen at the rooftop: Compact CPV-hydrogen system to convert sunlight to hydrogen


CPV, Hydrogen, Solar to hydrogen, Concentrated photovoltaic, Solar cell


Despite being highest potential energy source, solar intermittency and low power density make it difficult for solar energy to compete with the conventional power plants. Highly efficient concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) system provides best technology to be paired with the electrolytic hydrogen production, as a sustainable energy source with long term energy storage. However, the conventional gigantic design of CPV system limits its market and application to the open desert fields without any rooftop installation scope, unlike conventional PV. This makes CPV less popular among solar energy customers. This paper discusses the development of compact CPV-Hydrogen system for the rooftop application in the urban region. The in-house built compact CPV system works with hybrid solar tracking of 0.1° accuracy, ensured through proposed double lens collimator based solar tracking sensor. With PEM based electrolyser, the compact CPV-hydrogen system showed 28% CPV efficiency and 18% sunlight to hydrogen (STH) efficiency, for rooftop operation in tropical region of Singapore. For plant designers, the solar to hydrogen production rating of 217 kWhe/kgH2 has been presented with 15% STH daily average efficiency, recorded from the long term field operation of the system.


DOI: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2017.12.094


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