Social-economic benefits of a novel photovoltaic/loop-heat-pipe system and its adaptability in building energy plant
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This article describes a novel photovoltaic/thermal (PV/T) water heating system. Through in- corporating a loop-heat-pipe (LHP) and a heat pump, the system can essentially maximise the electrical return of PV panel, and simultaneously produce a reasonable amount of heat. This system can therefore harvest larger amount of solar energy and enable enhanced system perfor- mance. It is expected that such dedicated technology could become the next generation of solar driven heating system and enable a significant reduction of building’s carbon footprint.
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