Title: Mapping the Performance of PV Modules of Different Types
Authors: HULD ThomasGOTTSCHALG RalphBEYER Hans GeorgTOPIC Marko
Citation: Proceedings of the 24th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conversion Conference p. 3184-3188
Publisher: WIP Renewable Energies, Munich, Germany
Publication Year: 2009
JRC N°: JRC50102
URI: http://publications.jrc.ec.europa.eu/repository/handle/JRC50102
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: A method is presented for estimating the energy yield of photovoltaic (PV) modules at arbitrary locations in large geographical areas. The method applies a mathematical model for the energy performance of PV modules as a function of in-plane irradiance and module temperature and combines this with solar irradiation estimates from satellite data and ambient temperature values from ground station measurements. The method is applied to three different PV technologies: crystalline silicon, CuInSe2 and CdTe based thin-film technology in order to map their performance in fixed installations across most of Europe and to identify and quantify regional performance factors. The results show that the performance of PV modules may deviate up to 12% from the performance estimated from nominal power, with a clear dependency on geographical location (higher performance in colder climates). It is also found that there is a clear technology dependence of the geographical variation in PV performance.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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