Title: Dust-induced shading on photovoltaic modules
Citation: PROGRESS IN PHOTOVOLTAICS vol. 22 no. 2 p. 218-226
Publication Year: 2014
JRC N°: JRC67241
ISSN: 1062-7995
URI: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/pip.2230/pdf
DOI: 10.1002/pip.2230
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
Abstract: The effect of dust on photovoltaic (PV) modules is investigated with respect to concentration and spectral transmittance. Samples were collected in the form of raw dust as well as accumulated dust on exposed sheets of glass at different tilt angles. Spectral transmittance of the samples was determined. Transmittance variation between top, middle and bottom was identified for samples collected at different inclinations, where the worst case was seen at a tilt angle of 30o with a non uniformity of 4.4% in comparison to 0.2% for the 90o tilt. The measured data showed a decrease in transmittance at wavelengths <570 nm. Integrating this with measured spectral responses of different technologies demonstrates that wide band-gap thin-film technologies are affected more than e.g. crystalline silicon technologies. The worst case is amorphous silicon, where a 33% reduction in photocurrent is predicted for a dust concentration of 4.25 mg/cm2. Crystalline silicon and CIGS technologies are predicted to be less affected, with 28.6% and 28.5% reductions in photocurrent respectively. The same procedure was repeated with varying Air Mass (AM), tilt angle and dust concentration values to produce a soiling ratio table for different technologies under different AM, tilt angle and dust concentration values.
JRC Directorate:Energy, Transport and Climate

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