During the 6th PV Performance Modelling Workshop – organized by Sandia National Laboratories and Fraunhofer ISE – the Photovoltaic Modules Group of Fraunhofer ISE presented a new tool to model the cell-to-module (CTM) gains and losses of a wafer-based solar module. SmartCalc.CTM is a software tool to precisely predict module power and efficiency under STC…Details
EPRI just released a new white paper entitled: “Bifacial Solar Photovoltaic Modules” from their Program on Technical Innovation. It is available for free download and is worth a read. It provides a great introduction to bifacial PV technologies and applications. Enjoy!
The workshop being hosted by Fraunhofer ISE and Sandia National Laboratories includes oral presentations in the following main topic areas: Solar Resource Data and Uncertainty Forecasting for PV Grid Integration PV Modeling Applications: Modeling Tool Updates & Moderated Panel Discussion Soiling and Effects on Performance PV Performance Modeling and STC: Spectrum, Angle-of-Incidence and Module Temperature…Details
The presentations are now available from the 5th PV Performance Modeling Workshop held on May 9, 2016 in Santa Clara, CA. Over 160 solar and PV experts participated. Click Here to find the presentations!
On April 6, 2016 Steve Ransome presented a talk at the PVSAT conference in Liverpool, UK entitled “PV Performance Modelling with PVPMC/PVLIB“. Thanks Steve for spreading the PVPMC to new audiences!
Sandia National Laboratories and the Electric Power Research Institute are delighted to host the Sandia-EPRI 2016 PV Systems Symposium on the technical challenges and opportunities related to solar photovoltaic (PV) systems and technologies. Core areas of focus will include PV performance modeling, distribution hosting capacity and screening methods, component reliability, and the PV system lifecycle. Registration…Details
Shortly after releasing Version 1.3 of the PVLIB for Matlab one of our users found an error. We had left our several files used by the parameter estimation functions. These have been added in a new version 1.3.1. Please download this new version if you plan on using the parameter estimation functions.
Cologne, Germany, October 22-23, 2015 Approximately 220 solar energy experts from over 30 countries and four continents gathered for two days at the headquarters of TÜV Rheinland in Cologne Germany to discuss and share results related to predicting the performance and monitoring the output from solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. The workshop was divided into six…Details
You may have heard that NREL recently released a major revision to the National Solar Radiation Database (NSRDB), at https://nsrdb.nrel.gov/. The NSRDB now includes data for 2005 – 2012 developed using the Physical Solar Model, a different algorithm that was used to produce Version 2 (1991- 2005). How do the new NSRDB GHI data compare…Details
Rob Andrews and Tarn Yates just released a new article in the Sept/Oct 2015 edition of SolarPro Magazine entitled: “PV Performance Modeling – Assessing Variability, Uncertainty, and Sensitivity.” It provides a great overview and summary of many of the challenges of PV performance modeling and makes concrete suggestions to aid experienced modelers to improve their…Details