Evaluating the state of the art of photovoltaic performance modelling in Europe

S.R. Williams, T.R. Betts, R. Gottschalg, D.G. Infield, N.J.C.M. van der Borg, A.R. Burgers, H. de Moor, W. Warta, G. Friesen, D. Chianese, A. Guerin de Montgareuil, T. Zdanowicz, D. Stellbogen, W. Herrmann, S. Pietruzko, J. Krustok, E. Dunlop

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Abstract

There are many models currently available which provide detailed information regarding the performance of PV modules. This paper reviews, as part of the European co-ordination action PV-Catapult, the different performance modelling approaches currently developed by European research institutions. The aim of this paper is to provide an overview of modelling approaches available and define the inputs required for each model. This will be used to investigate the accuracy of these models for different European climatic conditions in a second
stage of the project. All methods are reviewed, highlighting strengths and weaknesses of each. None of the methods consider temporal variations, such as degradation in the case of amorphous silicon. This paper investigates the impact this has on the year-to-year performance translation of such devices. Furthermore there is very little consideration of the incident spectrum, which affects wide band gap devices and multi-bandgap devices disproportionately, but this effect commonly is folded into irradiance and temperature effects. The implications of these are discussed based on current sales practice of quoting straight kWh/kWp, indicating the need for a better, technology independent comparator based on realistic energy production, rather than today’s STC laboratory efficiency. The results indicate that most models can predict energy yield within 10%.
LanguageEnglish
Pages1937-1941
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Event20th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference - Barcelona, Spain
Duration: 6 Jun 200510 Jun 2005

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Conference20th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference
CountrySpain
CityBarcelona
Period6/06/0510/06/05

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Energy gap
Amorphous silicon
Thermal effects
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Degradation

Keywords

  • energy rating
  • performance
  • modelling
  • state of the art
  • photovoltaic performance
  • europe

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Williams, S. R., Betts, T. R., Gottschalg, R., Infield, D. G., van der Borg, N. J. C. M., Burgers, A. R., ... Dunlop, E. (2005). Evaluating the state of the art of photovoltaic performance modelling in Europe. 1937-1941. Paper presented at 20th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference, Barcelona, Spain.
Williams, S.R. ; Betts, T.R. ; Gottschalg, R. ; Infield, D.G. ; van der Borg, N.J.C.M. ; Burgers, A.R. ; de Moor, H. ; Warta, W. ; Friesen, G. ; Chianese, D. ; Guerin de Montgareuil, A. ; Zdanowicz, T. ; Stellbogen, D. ; Herrmann, W. ; Pietruzko, S. ; Krustok, J. ; Dunlop, E. . / Evaluating the state of the art of photovoltaic performance modelling in Europe. Paper presented at 20th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference, Barcelona, Spain.5 p.
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2005. 1937-1941 Paper presented at 20th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference, Barcelona, Spain.

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Williams SR, Betts TR, Gottschalg R, Infield DG, van der Borg NJCM, Burgers AR et al. Evaluating the state of the art of photovoltaic performance modelling in Europe. 2005. Paper presented at 20th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference, Barcelona, Spain.