Using CAD software to simulate PV energy yield: Predicting the charge yield of solar cells incorporated into a PV powered consumer product under 3D-irradiation conditions

N.H. Reich, W.G.J.H.M. van Sark, A.H.M.E. Reinders, H. De Wit

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Abstract

We describe an innovative method to simulate the energy yield of photovoltaic (PV) cells under complex, three dimensional (3D) irradiation conditions by exploiting Computer Aided Design (CAD) software functionality. This can significantly facilitate PV energy yield simulations, because CAD software offers powerful ray-tracing and rendering features of 3D objects and sceneries. The concept is demonstrated by simulating the charge yields of a Product-Integrated PV (PIPV) solar cell located in an indoor environment. To this end, indoor CAD sceneries are ray-traced to render grey-scale or red-green-blue (RGB) encoded images. PV power output is then determined by translating the CAD-rendered images back into numerical data of irradiation, distributed on a 2D PV surface having a pre-defined cell-interconnection scheme. Although the concept is a very promising one, further software development and research is required to increase computational performance at high accuracy levels whilst facilitating software use.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2009 34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2009
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Pages1291-1296
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781424429509
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
Externally publishedYes
Event34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC 2009) - Philadelphia, United States
Duration: 7 Jun 200912 Jun 2009
Conference number: 34

Conference

Conference34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC 2009)
Abbreviated titlePVSC 2009
CountryUnited States
CityPhiladelphia
Period7/06/0912/06/09

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