The Investigation of the Evaporation Effect on the On-Demand Cooling of Solar Panels
In order to utilize the evaporation effect, the manifold worked on a set duty cycle. The duty cycle ensured a period of time that the misters were off in order for the water on the panel to evaporate. To determine if the evaporation effect was actually cooling the panel, faster power measurement as well as a visual temperature measurement system were required. This led to the implementation of current and voltage transducers that created one second power data since power is a product of voltage and current. A thermal imaging system was also used in order to view the evaporation effect. The result of decreasing the misting times was a 10% power increase that was similar to the prior manifold's power increase while decreasing the water consumption, thus proving the hypothesis.