Title: Design of solar panel intercooled by refrigeration system

Issue Number: Vol. 5, No. 1
Year of Publication: Apr - 2019
Page Numbers: 30-35
Authors: Nader A. Nader
Journal Name: The International Journal of E-Learning and Educational Technologies in the Digital Media (IJEETDM)
- Hong Kong
DOI:  http://dx.doi.org/10.17781/P002566


There is no denial that renewable energy is considered to be the most cost-competitive source of clean power in many parts of the world. Saudi Arabia’s vision 2030 aims at achieving the best by using different sources of renewable energy such as solar energy, wind energy, and others. The use of solar energy in particular for power generation will decrease the dependency on oil and thus decrease the greenhouse gasses. The current study focuses on designing a cooling system in order to increase the efficiency of the photovoltaic panel for residential units. The design system provides enough energy by cooling the solar panels with pumping cool water from the refrigerator to the direct system. The results showed that for the Dhahran region, Saudi Arabia, the normal efficiency of the solar panels before cooling was between 10 to 15 % at 42 oC. After cooling, the temperature of solar cells decreased to 20 °C and the efficiency increased by 7%. Moreover, the output power was increased by 31% with maximum efficiency of 32% at noon time.