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Solar energy utilisation in Australian homes: A case study

journal contribution
posted on 17.12.2021, 03:35 authored by Ramadas NarayananRamadas Narayanan, Prajapati Parthkumar, Roberto Pippia
With limited roof space available, the selection of the most suitable solar energy systems to meet hot water and electricity demands for a household in a cost-effective way is always a challenge. This paper presents a comparative study of solar energy collection methods to meet Australian household's energy demands using both solar thermal collectors and photovoltaic (PV) systems. Numerical models are developed for various system configurations and two different scenarios are analysed in this research. In the first scenario, only PV system is used to meet both hot water and electricity demands. In the second, both the solar thermal collectors and solar PV system are used in combination for the same roof area. Based on the modelling results, economic benefits are determined and compared. The combined system was found to be a better option, providing greater benefits in cost and emission reduction.

History

Volume

28

Start Page

1

End Page

12

Number of Pages

12

ISSN

2214-157X

Publisher

Elsevier

Additional Rights

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

Yes

Acceptance Date

26/10/2021

Author Research Institute

Centre for Intelligent Systems

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Case Studies in Thermal Engineering

Article Number

101603