Bifacial PV Software for Sandia Repository

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2018-ALAM-68228
Interest in bifacial photovoltaics (PV) in solar cell technology has been growing in the past years. A worldwide map of their potential performance can help assess and accelerate the global deployment of this emerging technology; however, the existing literature only highlights optimized bifacial PV for a few geographic locations or develops worldwide performance maps for very specific configurations, such as vertical installation. There is a need to be able to predict the energy yield of a bifacial solar module globally.

Researchers at Purdue University have developed the code to simulate the performance of a bifacial solar module. This technology can be used to calculate the energy output of bifacial PV modules. This view-factor approach is superior to current ray tracing methods due to it being more computationally efficient.

Advantages:
-Computationally efficient
-Boost bifacial gain

Potential Applications:
-Sandia National Lab repository
-Bifacial Solar Cell technology
-Solar Farm modeling
Mar 26, 2018
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