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DESICCANT-BASED COOLING OF PHOTOVOLTAIC MODULES

United States Patent Application

20170263789
A1
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An example device includes a photovoltaic (PV) unit and a desiccant-based passive cooling component that is thermally coupled to the PV unit. The desiccant-based passive cooling component is configured to sorb, under first conditions, moisture from an environment that surrounds the device, via at least one of adsorption or absorption, and evaporate, under second conditions that are different from the first conditions, at least a portion of the moisture.
Simpson, Lin J. (Lakewood, CO)
15/ 457,178
March 13, 2017
CONTRACTUAL ORIGIN [0002] The United States Government has rights in this invention under Contract No. DE-AC36-08GO28308 between the United States Department of Energy and Alliance for Sustainable Energy, LLC, the Manager and Operator of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory.