A Simulation Study of Reconfigurable Modules for Higher Yields in Partially Shaded PV Systems

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Abstract

Photovoltaic systems in urban environments are usually partially shaded, thus the need for shade tolerant solar panels in the urban environment. We present the design of a series-parallel reconfigurable photovoltaic module. Given a specific irradiance distribution on its surface, it can change the interconnections between its solar cells to maximize the output power. First, we analyze the main trade-offs involved in the design of such module; then we propose an algorithm to choose the optimal module configuration; finally, we simulate the performance of different solar module architectures inferring the potential gain in annual energy yield.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2020 47th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2020
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Pages1335-1338
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781728161150
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event47th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2020 - Calgary, Canada
Duration: 15 Jun 202021 Aug 2020

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
Volume2020-June
ISSN (Print)0160-8371

Conference

Conference47th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2020
CountryCanada
CityCalgary
Period15/06/2021/08/20

Keywords

  • Reconfigurable PV module
  • Shade tolerant PV
  • Urban Integrated PV

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