A CFD Study on Photovoltaic Performance Investigation of a Solar Racing Car

Korkut T. B., GÖREN A., EZAN M. A.

7th Global Conference on Global Warming (GCGW), İzmir, Turkey, 24 - 28 June 2018, pp.509-529 identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
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  • Doi Number: 10.1007/978-3-030-20637-6_27
  • City: İzmir
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.509-529
  • Keywords: Solar car, Photovoltaic efficiency, PV modeling, CFD, Aerodynamics
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: Yes


The increasing trend of the energy consumption of humanity has brought forward the efficient use of current energy resources and seeking for the adaptation of renewable energy resources. Integration of renewable energy into transportation, on the other hand, has crucial importance as it reduces the emissions in the urban regions and increases the life quality by reducing the noise in solar-powered electric vehicles. Solar-powered vehicles, automobiles or planes, with photovoltaic panels (PVPs) are widely in use for decades. However, there are several aspects, such as electrical conversion and storage efficiencies, that should be improved. It is known that increasing the temperature of the PVPs adversely affects both the panel lifetime and electrical conversion efficiency. In this study, a 3DCFD model of a solar-powered racing car is developed in ANSYS-FLUENT to investigate the power outputs of the PVPs that are placed on different positions of the vehicle under various velocities, i.e., 30-120 km/h, and solar irradiations, i.e., 300-900 W/m(2).