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Impact of bifacial photovoltaic cell characteristics on module energy yield in high-latitude locations (Conference Presentation)
Author(s): Mandy R. Lewis; Annie C. J. Russell; Erin M. Tonita; Christopher E. Valdivia; Joan E. Haysom; Mariana I. Bertoni; Karin Hinzer

Paper Abstract

Bifacial photovoltaics present a clean and cheaper alternative to diesel generators for high-latitude remote communities; however, solar cells are typically tested at 0° angle of incidence, 25°C, and AM1.5, from which high-latitude conditions vary greatly. A bifacial silicon photovoltaic cell optimized for high-latitude conditions will improve energy yield for these systems. We integrate experimentally-derived cell parameters with a systems-level model capable of fixed-tilt and tracked energy yield predictions. We optimize to find the most efficient cell design for high-latitude environments in Sentaurus and SunSolve and determine the resulting improvement in energy yield for an entire panel in MATLAB.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 March 2020
Proc. SPIE 11275, Physics, Simulation, and Photonic Engineering of Photovoltaic Devices IX, 112750W (10 March 2020); doi: 10.1117/12.2546583
Show Author Affiliations
Mandy R. Lewis, Univ. of Ottawa (Canada)
Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Annie C. J. Russell, Univ. of Ottawa (Canada)
Erin M. Tonita, Univ. of Ottawa (Canada)
Christopher E. Valdivia, Univ. of Ottawa (Canada)
Joan E. Haysom, J.L. Richards & Associates Ltd. (Canada)
Mariana I. Bertoni, Arizona State Univ. (United States)
Karin Hinzer, Univ. of Ottawa (Canada)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 11275:
Physics, Simulation, and Photonic Engineering of Photovoltaic Devices IX
Alexandre Freundlich; Masakazu Sugiyama; Stéphane Collin, Editor(s)

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