Effect of glass cover on the energy and exergy performance of a combined system including a building integrated photovoltaic/thermal system and a sensible rotary heat exchanger

Shahsavar A., ARICI M.

INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF ENERGY RESEARCH, vol.46, no.4, pp.5050-5066, 2022 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 46 Issue: 4
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/er.7499
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, PASCAL, Aerospace Database, Aquatic Science & Fisheries Abstracts (ASFA), Communication Abstracts, Compendex, Environment Index, INSPEC, Metadex, Pollution Abstracts, Civil Engineering Abstracts
  • Page Numbers: pp.5050-5066
  • Keywords: building integrated PVT system, energy, exergy, multicriteria optimization, sensible rotary heat exchanger, MULTIOBJECTIVE OPTIMIZATION, RECOVERY-SYSTEM, THERMAL WHEEL, COLLECTOR, BIPV/T
  • Kocaeli University Affiliated: Yes


In this study, a multicriteria optimization is developed for a hybrid building integrated photovoltaic/thermal (BIPVT) system with a sensible rotary heat exchanger (SRHX) for both heating and cooling purposes. The BIPVT system is considered with and without considering the glass cover. Both the heat and electricity produced by the BIPVT-SRHX system are determined according to the energy and exergy phenomena. The objective functions aimed to be maximized are the annual total amount of generated energy and exergy. The length and depth of SRHX, geometrical parameters of PV modules, and the air mass flow rate are the parameters considered in the optimization. The results reveal a high amount of produced energy for the optimized design; however, the total amount of generated exergy is low. The system with the glass cover shows a higher amount of gained heat and less generated electricity compared with the system without the glass cover. The total energy produced by the system with and without the glass cover is about 227 and 220 MWh, respectively, and the total produced exergy by the systems with and without the glass cover is 1207 and 1585 kWh for the optimized design, respectively.