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Challenges in performance testing and energy rating of one-axis concentrator photovoltaic system
Author(s): Lauren Leonard; Mike Balma; Marc Finot
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Paper Abstract

Introducing a new solar photovoltaic architecture requires an accurate method of performance testing and energy rating that is accepted for cross technology comparison. Standard testing methods are well defined for mature technologies but their use is ambiguous when applied to one-axis Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) systems. We present a methodology to better capture the performance of a one-axis tracked system with an energy harvesting model to evaluate the yearly output. A simple irradiance sensor is used to measure the effective irradiance on the system for performance ratio metrics and identification of any operational issues of installed systems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 August 2010
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 7769, High and Low Concentrator Systems for Solar Electric Applications V, 77690H (24 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.861118
Show Author Affiliations
Lauren Leonard, Skyline Solar, Inc. (United States)
Mike Balma, Skyline Solar, Inc. (United States)
Marc Finot, Skyline Solar, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7769:
High and Low Concentrator Systems for Solar Electric Applications V
Lori E. Greene; Raed A. Sherif, Editor(s)

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