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A novel amorphous silicon cell-based solar cogeneration system using the coupled thermal storage/organic Rankine cycle as an alternative to battery

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Organization address
address: University Park
postcode: NG7 2RD

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 Coordinator Country United Kingdom [UK]
 Project website
 Total cost 195˙454 €
 EC max contribution 195˙454 € (100%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.1.3.2. (Nurturing excellence by means of cross-border and cross-sector mobility)
 Code Call H2020-MSCA-IF-2015
 Funding Scheme MSCA-IF-EF-ST
 Starting year 2017
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2017-01-10   to  2019-01-09


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 Project objective

The indicative start date is 01 January 2017. This fellowship will bring an excellent young researcher (Dr Jing Li), the winner of Springer Thesis Prize and Excellent PhD Graduate Award of the President of Chinese Academy of Sciences, to investigate a medium temperature photovoltaic/thermal (PVT) system incorporated with the coupled thermal storage/organic Rankine cycle (ORC) as a novel alternative to battery. Due to its unique positive power temperature coefficient, the efficiency of amorphous silicon (a-Si) cell can be higher than that of a crystalline silicon (c-Si) cell when the operating temperature is above 100°C, at which heat is able to drive the ORC. This has therefore stimulated the applicants to propose the a-Si PVT-ORC system which combines the respective advantages of PV and solar ORC technologies. The a-Si PVT-ORC system is estimated to have an overall electrical efficiency up to 12.8% at 120°C, which is comparable to the c-Si PVT system at 75°C, but the former can eliminate expensive battery and use the coupled thermal storage/ORC instead, offering more economic and environmental benefits. The proposed project will offer an excellent opportunity of training and development for the very promising young researcher. The project has been carefully designed to match Dr Li’s expertise in solar thermal power systems and the expertise of the University of Nottingham in CHP, BiPV, CFD and 3D printing technologies, and thus facilitates a two-way knowledge transfer. Successful completion of this fellowship will contribute to the European excellence in solar power technology, and promote the professional competence and career prospect of Dr Li. He will share his knowledge and expertise on ORC and a-Si cell techniques by hosting a series of seminars for EU researchers and engineers, lecturing at an industrial dissemination event, giving a special lecture to the architectural and environmental engineering students, and participating in outreach activities of the host institute.


year authors and title journal last update
List of publications.
2018 Jing Li, Xiao Ren, Weiqi Yuan, Zhaomeng Li, Gang Pei, Yuehong Su, Çağrı Kutlu, Jie Ji, Saffa Riffat
Experimental study on a novel photovoltaic thermal system using amorphous silicon cells deposited on stainless steel
published pages: 786-798, ISSN: 0360-5442, DOI: 10.1016/
Energy 159 2019-07-26
2017 Jing Li, Pengcheng Li, Guangtao Gao, Gang Pei, Yuehong Su, Jie Ji
Thermodynamic and economic investigation of a screw expander-based direct steam generation solar cascade Rankine cycle system using water as thermal storage fluid
published pages: 137-151, ISSN: 0306-2619, DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2017.03.033
Applied Energy 195 2019-07-26
2017 Pengcheng Li, Jing Li, Guangtao Gao, Gang Pei, Yuehong Su, Jie Ji, Bin Ye
Modeling and optimization of solar-powered cascade Rankine cycle system with respect to the characteristics of steam screw expander
published pages: 398-412, ISSN: 0960-1481, DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2017.05.054
Renewable Energy 112 2019-07-26
2018 Jing Li, Guangtao Gao, Pengcheng Li, Gang Pei, Hulin Huang, Yuehong Su, Jie Ji
Experimental study of organic Rankine cycle in the presence of non-condensable gases
published pages: 739-753, ISSN: 0360-5442, DOI: 10.1016/
Energy 142 2019-07-26
2019 Guangtao Gao, Jing Li, Pengcheng Li, Jingyu Cao, Gang Pei, Yousef N. Dabwan, Yuehong Su
Design of steam condensation temperature for an innovative solar thermal power generation system using cascade Rankine cycle and two-stage accumulators
published pages: 389-401, ISSN: 0196-8904, DOI: 10.1016/j.enconman.2019.01.067
Energy Conversion and Management 184 2019-07-26
2019 Guangtao Gao, Jing Li, Jingyu Cao, Honglun Yang, Gang Pei, Yuehong Su
The study of a seasonal solar CCHP system based on evacuated flat-plate collectors and organic Rankine cycle (in press)
published pages: , ISSN: 0354-9836, DOI:
Thermal Science 2019-07-26
2019 Pengcheng Li, Jing Li, Ronghui Tan, Yandong Wang, Gang Pei, Bin Jiang, Jingchun Tang
Thermo-economic evaluation of an innovative direct steam generation solar power system using screw expanders in a tandem configuration
published pages: 1007-1017, ISSN: 1359-4311, DOI: 10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2018.11.097
Applied Thermal Engineering 148 2019-07-26
2019 Jing Li, Guangtao Gao, Cagri Kutlu, Keliang Liu, Gang Pei, Yuehong Su, Jie Ji, Saffa Riffat
A novel approach to thermal storage of direct steam generation solar power systems through two-step heat discharge
published pages: 81-100, ISSN: 0306-2619, DOI: 10.1016/j.apenergy.2018.11.084
Applied Energy 236 2019-07-26

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