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dc.contributor.authorKatsaounis, Th.
dc.contributor.authorKotsovos, K.
dc.contributor.authorGereige, Issam
dc.contributor.authorBasaheeh, A.
dc.contributor.authorAbdullah, Madinah Aaliyah
dc.contributor.authorKhayat, A.
dc.contributor.authorAl-Habshi, E.
dc.contributor.authorAl-Saggaf, A.
dc.contributor.authorTzavaras, Athanasios
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-01T12:43:36Z
dc.date.available2019-08-01T12:43:36Z
dc.date.issued2019-05-23
dc.identifier.citationKatsaounis, T., Kotsovos, K., Gereige, I., Basaheeh, A., Abdullah, M., Khayat, A., … Tzavaras, A. E. (2019). Performance assessment of bifacial c-Si PV modules through device simulations and outdoor measurements. Renewable Energy, 143, 1285–1298. doi:10.1016/j.renene.2019.05.057
dc.identifier.doi10.1016/j.renene.2019.05.057
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10754/656300
dc.description.abstractBifacial solar cells are receiving increased attention in the PV market due to their higher energy yield compared to conventional monofacial modules thanks to additional light conversion through their back surface. This additional rear side energy gain creates a potential for significant reduction of the overall levelized cost of energy (LCOE). Despite this fact, wide deployment of bifacial PV modules is very limited because of the high unpredictability of their power output due to various factors such as ground reflectance, module elevation angle, orientation and tilt angle. Due to this complexity, modelling of bifacial modules and systems is currently not developed at the same level of maturity as monofacial ones, where established commercial tools have been developed for PV system designers. In this regard, a customized 2D device model has been developed to simulate bifacial PV structures based on the numerical solution of the transport equations by the finite element method. The model was used to simulate actual PV performance and energy yield based on measured outdoor environmental parameters including solar radiation spectrum and temperature. Bifacial device output was also compared with a monofacial one based on the industrial standard Al-BSF structure. Simulated results were also compared and validated with outdoor experimental data based on IV measurements of monofacial and bifacial modules installed at various tilt angles at a location near the Western coast of Saudi Arabia.
dc.description.sponsorshipThe authors acknowledge the support of the Supercomputing Laboratory at King Abdullah University of Science & Technology (KAUST) in Thuwal, Saudi Arabia; the KAUST Economic development for their technical support and Saudi Aramco R&D Center - Carbon Management Division for their financial support in developing this work. This work was partially supported by grant supported RGC#3893 from Saudi Aramco.
dc.publisherElsevier BV
dc.relation.urlhttps://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0960148119307177
dc.rightsNOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Renewable Energy. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Renewable Energy, [[Volume], [Issue], (2019-05-23)] DOI: 10.1016/j.renene.2019.05.057 . © 2019. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
dc.subjectCustomized 2D solar cell simulator
dc.subjectBifacial PV device
dc.subjectLocal climate conditions
dc.subjectHazy days favour bifacial devices
dc.titlePerformance assessment of bifacial c-Si PV modules through device simulations and outdoor measurements
dc.typeArticle
dc.contributor.departmentComputer Electrical and Mathematical Science & Engineering (CEMSE), KAUST, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
dc.contributor.departmentrenewable Energy, Carbon Management Division, Saudi Aramco, Thuwal, Saudi Arabia
dc.contributor.departmentKAUST Solar Center (KSC)
dc.contributor.departmentBioscience Program
dc.contributor.departmentComputer, Electrical and Mathematical Sciences and Engineering (CEMSE) Division
dc.contributor.departmentApplied Mathematics and Computational Science Program
dc.identifier.journalRenewable Energy
dc.rights.embargodate2021-05-23
dc.eprint.versionPost-print
dc.contributor.institutionIACM, FORTH, Heraklion, Greece
dc.contributor.institutionDept. of Math. & Applied Mathematics, Univ. of Crete, Heraklion, Greece
kaust.personKatsaounis, Th.
kaust.personKotsovos, K.
kaust.personGereige, Issam
kaust.personBasaheeh, A.
kaust.personAbdullah, Madinah Aaliyah
kaust.personKhayat, A.
kaust.personAl-Habshi, E.
kaust.personAl-Saggaf, A.
kaust.personTzavaras, Athanasios
kaust.acknowledged.supportUnitSupercomputing Laboratory
dc.date.published-online2019-05-23
dc.date.published-print2019-12


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