Modeling Methodology for Determining Energy Collection Potential of Photovoltaics Applied to Curved Surfaces

Lance Alpuerto, Robert S. Balog

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Abstract

Advancements in photovoltaic (PV) materials have now enabled the ability to create PV systems capable of conforming to an arbitrary surface instead of being limited to flat and ridged modules. However, the non-planar arrangement of PV cells produce effects similar to that of partial shading. Therefore, the role geometry plays on energy collection must be investigated for practical applications. A mathematical model of non-planar PV surfaces that calculates the diurnal energy harvest potential and power profile is presented to give insight on the potential benefits of curved PV and how the characteristics of the curvature affect collection. The results show the potential for substantial increase in total diurnal energy of with respect to a flat module. In addition, the non-planar geometry of the PV surface creates unique power profile characteristics that can be used beneficially to shape the time-of-day and seasonal generation profile.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 IEEE 46th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1206-1211
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781728104942
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
Event46th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2019 - Chicago, United States
Duration: 16 Jun 201921 Jun 2019

Publication series

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

Conference

Conference46th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2019
CountryUnited States
CityChicago
Period16/6/1921/6/19

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Keywords

  • energy harvesting
  • mathematical model
  • photovoltaic systems
  • renewable energy
  • surface morphology

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Alpuerto, L., & Balog, R. S. (2019). Modeling Methodology for Determining Energy Collection Potential of Photovoltaics Applied to Curved Surfaces. In 2019 IEEE 46th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2019 (pp. 1206-1211). [8981231] (Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC40753.2019.8981231