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Energy in Sustainable Infrastructure: Design, Manufacture and Modeling of a Hybrid Solar Roofing Panel

Speaker: Huiming Yin, Columbia University
Series: CEE Departmental Seminars
Location: Bowen Hall Auditorium
Date/Time: Friday, March 8, 2013, 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.


Huimng Yin
A multifunctional material system is designed for building envelope with high performance for energy efficiency and sustainability. It contains photovoltaic (PV) modules laminated on a functionally graded interlayer containing water pipelines, which is then bonded to a lightweight concrete substrate. The functionally graded interlayer with water flow reduces the thermal stress by continuous material transition, recovers the energy efficiency of the PV cells by controlling the service temperature, and harvests heat as well as saves air conditioning for the building. A sedimentation process has been investigated to scale up the manufacturing of the functionally graded materials for solar panel production. The equivalent inclusion method has been introduced in modeling of particles moving in a Newtonian fluid. This new modeling method can be extended to numerical simulation of heterogeneous material systems containing different sizes and shapes of particles. Finally, Dr. Yin will introduce his vision on energy in sustainable infrastructure and share some ongoing research projects on this theme.