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Validation of a Simulation Model for Analysis of Shading Effects on Photovoltaic Panels

Fernandes, C. F. ; Torres , J.

Journal of Solar Engineering Vol. 138, Nº 4, pp. 044503 - 044503, June, 2016.

ISSN (print): 0199-6231
ISSN (online): 1528-8986

Journal Impact Factor: 1,904 (in 2016)

Digital Object Identifier: 10.1115/1.4033646

Numerical simulation results and modeling on the electrical features of concentrating photovoltaic-thermal (PVT) using the free circuit simulation package from linear technology corporation (LTSPICE) are presented. The effects of partial shading of cell strings and temperature are analyzed, showing very good agreement with the results obtained experimentally in lab, at Lisbon University, and under outdoor testing using similar receivers, at the SME Solarus Sunpower AB, a Swedish company whose mission is the development, production, and marketing of concentrated solar technology to the world market. The potential of the used methodology for the design of the solar cell configuration is emphasized as an important tool to optimize PV and PVT performances in the energy conversion process.