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Characterisation of photovoltaic modules based on thin film solar cells in environmental operating conditions of Algerian Sahara
Author(s): K. Agroui; I. Hadj Mahammed; A. Hadj Arab; A. Belghachi
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Paper Abstract

This paper summarizes the electrical and thermal characterizations of thin film PV modules based on amorphous triple junctions (3J: a-Si) and Copper Indium Selenide (CIS) thin film solar cells. Tests are operated in outdoor exposure and under natural sunlight of Ghardaia (Algeria) as specific desert climate environment, characterized by high irradiation and temperature levels. Data acquired from Environmental Operating Conditions (EOC) was converted into solar module output characteristics at Standard Test Conditions (STC) by using three method suggested by Anderson and Mermoud as well as the equations already standardized as IEC 60891. Then, based on the investigation results of the conversion equations, differences among the converting methods (range of application, specificity of solar cell material, and experimental test conditions) were studied.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 September 2008
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7048, Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems, 70480Q (10 September 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.794006
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K. Agroui, Unite de Developpement de la Technologie du Silicium (Algeria)
I. Hadj Mahammed, Unite de Recherche Appliquee aux Energies Renouvelables (Algeria)
A. Hadj Arab, Ctr. de Developpement des Energies Renouvelables (Algeria)
A. Belghachi, Ctr. Universitaire de Bechar (Algeria)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7048:
Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems
Neelkanth G. Dhere, Editor(s)

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