Experimental verification of energy harvest from non-planar photovoltaic surfaces

Haiyu Zhang, Robert S. Balog

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Abstract

Non-planar photovoltaic (PV) surfaces have the potential to increase the total energy harvested from the sun compared to a planar surface of the same two-dimensional footprint. This offers opportunities to increase the electricity generated from a given roof surface. This paper presents a modeling approach to determine the view factor of an arbitrary geometry so that the total incident solar energy can be computed. Experimental measurements confirm the increase in generation and provide insights into the requirements for the balance of system to make most effective use of the non-planar geometry.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2013 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE 2013
Pages4481-4487
Number of pages7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2013
Event5th Annual IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exhibition, ECCE 2013 - Denver, CO, United States
Duration: 15 Sep 201319 Sep 2013

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Name2013 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE 2013

Other

Other5th Annual IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exhibition, ECCE 2013
CountryUnited States
CityDenver, CO
Period15/9/1319/9/13

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ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Fuel Technology

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Zhang, H., & Balog, R. S. (2013). Experimental verification of energy harvest from non-planar photovoltaic surfaces. In 2013 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE 2013 (pp. 4481-4487). [6647300] (2013 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE 2013). https://doi.org/10.1109/ECCE.2013.6647300