Heat pipes thermoelectric solar collectors for energy applications

Omer G., YAVUZ A. H. , AHISKA R.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HYDROGEN ENERGY, vol.42, no.12, pp.8310-8313, 2017 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 42 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2017
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.ijhydene.2017.01.132
  • Page Numbers: pp.8310-8313
  • Keywords: Thermoelectric, Heat pipe, Solar collector, Renewable energy, Efficiency, GENERATOR


This study investigates the load characteristics of heat pipe thermoelectric solar collector (HPTSC) in practice. Heat pipe thermoelectric solar collector converts the heat generated by the Sun directly into electrical energy and produces hot water as well. The maximum power in HPTSC is obtained when the internal resistance of the thermoelectric module is equal to the load resistance. It has been observed to be possible to produce both hot water and electricity by improving available solar collectors or producing new generation HPTSC. While it is possible to generate an electrical power of 160 W from a HPTSC of one square meter using the thermoelectric method, the power produced with an average photovoltaic panel with the same area is only 132 W. Accordingly, HPTSC is a superior alternative not only to available solar collectors, but also to available PV panels. HPTSC, involving three different technologies, is environmentally friendly and certainly a product that allows for more efficient use of solar energy. (C) 2017 Hydrogen Energy Publications LLC. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.