Photovoltaic performance models: An evaluation with actual field data

Govindasamy Tamizh-Mani, John Paul Ishioye, Arseniy Voropayev, Yi Kang

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    4 Scopus citations

    Abstract

    Prediction of energy production is crucial to the design and installation of the building integrated photovoltaic systems. This prediction should be attainable based on the commonly available parameters such as system size, orientation and tilt angle. Several commercially available as well as free downloadable software tools exist to predict energy production. Six software models have been evaluated in this study and they are: PV Watts, PVsyst, MAUI, Clean Power Estimator, Solar Advisor Model (SAM) and RETScreen. This evaluation has been done by comparing the monthly, seasonaly and annually predicted data with the actual, field data obtained over a year period on a large number of residential PV systems ranging between 2 and 3 kWdc. All the systems are located in Arizona, within the Phoenix metropolitan area which lies at latitude 33° North, and longitude 112 West, and are all connected to the electrical grid.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationReliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Nov 21 2008
    EventReliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems - San Diego, CA, United States
    Duration: Aug 11 2008Aug 13 2008

    Publication series

    NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
    Volume7048
    ISSN (Print)0277-786X

    Other

    OtherReliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems
    CountryUnited States
    CitySan Diego, CA
    Period8/11/088/13/08

    Keywords

    • BIPV
    • Energy
    • Models
    • Prediction
    • Systems

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Condensed Matter Physics
    • Computer Science Applications
    • Applied Mathematics
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Tamizh-Mani, G., Ishioye, J. P., Voropayev, A., & Kang, Y. (2008). Photovoltaic performance models: An evaluation with actual field data. In Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems [70480W] (Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering; Vol. 7048). https://doi.org/10.1117/12.794245