2D simulation and performance evaluation of bifacial rear local contact c-Si solar cells under variable illumination conditions

Handle URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10754/626017
Title:
2D simulation and performance evaluation of bifacial rear local contact c-Si solar cells under variable illumination conditions
Authors:
Katsaounis, Th.; Kotsovos, K.; Gereige, Issam; Al-Saggaf, Abeer ( 0000-0001-6025-0464 ) ; Tzavaras, Athanasios ( 0000-0002-1896-2270 )
Abstract:
A customized 2D computational tool has been developed to simulate bifacial rear local contact PERC type PV structures based on the numerical solution of the transport equations through the finite element method. Simulations were performed under various device material parameters and back contact geometry configurations in order to optimize bifacial solar cell performance under different simulated illumination conditions. Bifacial device maximum power output was also compared with the monofacial equivalent one and the industrial standard Al-BSF structure. The performance of the bifacial structure during highly diffused irradiance conditions commonly observed in the Middle East region due to high concentrations of airborne dust particles was also investigated. Simulation results demonstrated that such conditions are highly favorable for the bifacial device because of the significantly increased diffuse component of the solar radiation which enters the back cell surface.
KAUST Department:
Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division; Saudi Aramco R&D Center at KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
Citation:
Katsaounis T, Kotsovos K, Gereige I, Al-Saggaf A, Tzavaras A (2017) 2D simulation and performance evaluation of bifacial rear local contact c-Si solar cells under variable illumination conditions. Solar Energy 158: 34–41. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2017.09.023.
Publisher:
Elsevier BV
Journal:
Solar Energy
Issue Date:
23-Sep-2017
DOI:
10.1016/j.solener.2017.09.023
Type:
Article
ISSN:
0038-092X
Sponsors:
The authors would like to thank prof. G. L. Stenchikov of KAUST for helpful discussions regarding measurements of turbidity values and providing those data used in this work, KAUST Economic development for their support in accessing solar radiation values for the local site and Saudi Aramco R&D Center, Carbon Management Division for their support in developing this work. We would like also to thank the anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments and suggestions.
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http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0038092X17307958
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Articles; Computer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division

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dc.contributor.authorKatsaounis, Th.en
dc.contributor.authorKotsovos, K.en
dc.contributor.authorGereige, Issamen
dc.contributor.authorAl-Saggaf, Abeeren
dc.contributor.authorTzavaras, Athanasiosen
dc.date.accessioned2017-10-30T08:39:50Z-
dc.date.available2017-10-30T08:39:50Z-
dc.date.issued2017-09-23en
dc.identifier.citationKatsaounis T, Kotsovos K, Gereige I, Al-Saggaf A, Tzavaras A (2017) 2D simulation and performance evaluation of bifacial rear local contact c-Si solar cells under variable illumination conditions. Solar Energy 158: 34–41. Available: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.solener.2017.09.023.en
dc.identifier.issn0038-092Xen
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.solener.2017.09.023en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/626017-
dc.description.abstractA customized 2D computational tool has been developed to simulate bifacial rear local contact PERC type PV structures based on the numerical solution of the transport equations through the finite element method. Simulations were performed under various device material parameters and back contact geometry configurations in order to optimize bifacial solar cell performance under different simulated illumination conditions. Bifacial device maximum power output was also compared with the monofacial equivalent one and the industrial standard Al-BSF structure. The performance of the bifacial structure during highly diffused irradiance conditions commonly observed in the Middle East region due to high concentrations of airborne dust particles was also investigated. Simulation results demonstrated that such conditions are highly favorable for the bifacial device because of the significantly increased diffuse component of the solar radiation which enters the back cell surface.en
dc.description.sponsorshipThe authors would like to thank prof. G. L. Stenchikov of KAUST for helpful discussions regarding measurements of turbidity values and providing those data used in this work, KAUST Economic development for their support in accessing solar radiation values for the local site and Saudi Aramco R&D Center, Carbon Management Division for their support in developing this work. We would like also to thank the anonymous reviewers for their valuable comments and suggestions.en
dc.publisherElsevier BVen
dc.relation.urlhttp://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0038092X17307958en
dc.subjectBifacial solar cellsen
dc.subjectPERC deviceen
dc.subjectPV device simulationen
dc.subjectCrystalline Siliconen
dc.title2D simulation and performance evaluation of bifacial rear local contact c-Si solar cells under variable illumination conditionsen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.contributor.departmentComputer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Divisionen
dc.contributor.departmentSaudi Aramco R&D Center at KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabiaen
dc.identifier.journalSolar Energyen
dc.contributor.institutionIACM, FORTH, Heraklion, Greeceen
kaust.authorKatsaounis, Th.en
kaust.authorKotsovos, K.en
kaust.authorGereige, Issamen
kaust.authorAl-Saggaf, Abeeren
kaust.authorTzavaras, Athanasiosen
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