TITLE: THERMAL PROPERTY OF EDS AND ITS EFFECT ON THE REMOVAL OF PARTICLES AS A FUNCTION OF SURFACE TEMPERATURE
ABSTRACT: Solar energy nowadays is widely used worldwide. High dust concentration in deserts, where large solar plants are located, causes loss of energy conversion efficiency by soiling solar panels. Electrodynamic Screen (EDS) film is a self-cleaning technology designed for dust mitigation of solar panels and it requires no water and consumes very low energy. However, the high temperature in deserts leads to a decrease of efficiency of the solar panels, and the EDS film has a potential influence on increasing temperature. The thesis focuses on the thermal property of EDS film and to determine the effects of it on the temperature of solar panels and efficiency. A series of experiments are designed to test the performance of solar panels with or without EDS film applied under different temperatures. With a variety of materials used in constructing EDS, the thermal properties of these materials are studied. The results show the EDS film has minimum effect on rising temperature of solar panel and its effectiveness in dust removal is not diminished.
COMMITTEE: ADVISOR Professor Malay Mazumder, MSE/ECE; Professor Daniel Cole, ME