Photovoltaic-Thermal (PV-T) System for Desalination

Photovoltaic-Thermal (PV-T) System for Desalination
Inventors: Malynda Cappelle, Tom Davis
Patent No. 9,278,315

This patent is a photovoltaic/ thermal system that lowers energy consumption within a desalination plant.

A photovoltaic-thermal (PV-T) system and a method of cooling photovoltaic (PV) cells in the system is described herein. Energy from an excitation source such as the sun hits the PV cells in the PV-T system causing heating that reduces PV efficiency. The PV cells are cooled by fluid in an intact heat-transfer system making a heated water byproduct while the PV cells release a form of energy. In addition, the PV-T system can be implemented in a desalination plant to harvest energy and heat for desalination processes. The present invention also includes methods for transferring heat from PV cells to the earth to improve PV performance and reduce thermal shock to the PV cells.

Issue Date: 03/08/2016
Application Date: 10/11/2011
Post Date: 03/02/2018

UTEP Docket No: 2011-001