Using CAD software to simulate PV energy yield: Predicting the charge yield of solar cells incorporated into a PV powered consumer product under 3D-irradiation conditions

N.H. Reich, W.G.J.H.M. van Sark, A.H.M.E. Reinders, H. de Wit

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    Abstract

    We describe an innovative method to simulate the energy yield of photovoltaic (PV) cells under complex, three dimensional (3D) irradiation conditions by exploiting Computer Aided Design (CAD) software functionality. This can significantly facilitate PV energy yield simulations, because CAD software offers powerful ray-tracing and rendering features of 3D objects and sceneries. The concept is demonstrated by simulating the charge yields of a Product-Integrated PV (PIPV) solar cell located in an indoor environment. To this end, indoor CAD sceneries are ray-traced to render grey-scale or red-green-blue (RGB) encoded images. PV power output is then determined by translating the CAD-rendered images back into numerical data of irradiation, distributed on a 2D PV surface having a pre-defined cell-interconnection scheme. Although the concept is a very promising one, further software development and research is required to increase computational performance at high accuracy levels whilst facilitating software use.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication2009 34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2009
    Place of PublicationPiscataway, NJ
    PublisherIEEE
    Pages1291-1296
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4244-2950-9
    ISBN (Print)978-1-4244-2949-3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2009
    Event34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2009 - Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, United States
    Duration: 7 Jun 200912 Jun 2009
    Conference number: 34

    Publication series

    NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
    PublisherIEEE
    Volume2009
    ISSN (Print)0160-8371

    Conference

    Conference34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2009
    Abbreviated titlePVSC
    CountryUnited States
    CityPhiladelphia
    Period7/06/0912/06/09

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    Reich, N. H., van Sark, W. G. J. H. M., Reinders, A. H. M. E., & de Wit, H. (2009). Using CAD software to simulate PV energy yield: Predicting the charge yield of solar cells incorporated into a PV powered consumer product under 3D-irradiation conditions. In 2009 34th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2009 (pp. 1291-1296). [5411250] (Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference; Vol. 2009). Piscataway, NJ: IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2009.5411250