Towards simulation-assisted performance monitoring of BIPV systems considering shading effects

M. Ghasempourabadi, Kostas Sinapis, R.C.G.M. Loonen, R.M.E. Valckenborg, J.L.M. Hensen, W. Folkerts

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Nowadays, the application of BIPV systems is growing very fast and among this type of technology, application of BIPV façade systems is becoming more common. A main question in this field is how we can ensure the intended performance of such systems considering different involved parameters over the system’s life-time. To do so, we need to be able to predict normal behavior of BIPV systems in urban environments, considering the effect of shading from neighboring obstructions. This research investigates a combination of real-time shading simulation using Rhino and Grasshopper with BIPV performance monitoring to detect abnormal system operation. The application of this approach is demonstrated for a 12 m2 vertical BIPV system in the SolarBEAT test facility in Eindhoven, the Netherlands. We have conducted an experiment to better understand the impact of different partial shading scenarios on the I-V curve of a vertical CIGS BIPV panel. The results show that the simulation-assisted approach, coupled with data visualization and a decision tree can be a powerful tool for guaranteeing robust BIPV system output
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2016 IEEE 43rd Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC)
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages3123 - 3128
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5090-2724-8
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016
Event43rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2016 - Oregon Convention Center, Portland, United States
Duration: 5 Jun 201610 Jun 2016
Conference number: 43


Conference43rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2016
Abbreviated titlePVSC 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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  • BIPV
  • performance monitoring
  • pv shading


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