Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy


School of Mechanical, Materials, Mechatronic and Biomedical Engineering


Integrating air-based photovoltaic thermal collector (PVT) systems into the design and operation of buildings has been considered as a promising solution to reducing energy consumption. A great deal of research has been conducted over the past decades to investigate the technical feasibility of using PVT systems for space heating. However, the application of air-based PVT systems for space cooling, particularly to regenerate the desiccants in rotary desiccant cooling systems, is an area to be investigated. The main operational challenge of using PVT systems in desiccant cooling processes is their limited capability to provide thermal energy with a relatively high temperature for the desiccant regeneration and their high initial cost. There are also knowledge gaps on the modelling, design optimisation and economic analysis of the PVT systems. This thesis aims to develop, evaluate and optimise high-temperature PVT systems and quantify their economic feasibility and to develop a methodology for evaluating the technical feasibility of using the PVT systems to regenerate the desiccants in rotary desiccant cooling systems.



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