The Relevance of the Cell’s Breakdown Voltage in the DC Yield of Partially Shaded PV Modules

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Abstract

In this manuscript, we discuss the relevance of the reverse characteristics of solar cells in the energy yield of partially shaded photovoltaic modules. We characterize the reverse IV curves of commercially available cells and we simulate the energy yield of photovoltaic modules using an experimentally validated simulation framework. Results suggest that cells with low breakdown voltages can boost the energy yield up to 74% in modules that are heavily shaded. Also, yield gains larger than 1% can be achieved for modules that are partially shaded only 7% of the time.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 IEEE 48th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC)
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings
PublisherIEEE
Pages92-94
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-6654-1922-2
ISBN (Print)978-1-6654-3018-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021
Event2021 IEEE 48th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC) - Fort Lauderdale, United States
Duration: 20 Jun 202125 Jun 2021
Conference number: 48th

Conference

Conference2021 IEEE 48th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC)
Abbreviated titlePVSC 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityFort Lauderdale
Period20/06/2125/06/21

Keywords

  • Low breakdown voltage
  • Shade tolerant
  • Urban PV

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