Solar Photovoltaic Solutions

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Solar Photovoltaic Solutions

Solar photovoltaic solutions often begin from an adequate estimate of the energy generation capacity from the solar resources in a given site. Thus, the solar resource available in a geographical location is a deciding factor for estimating the energy generation capacity of a solar module.

Estimating Energy Generation Capacity From Solar Radiation Resources:

Usually, the lowest month kWh/m2/day value is the starting point. Sometimes, the average number of sun hours per day is taken to be equal to kWh/m2/day as shown in the graphs below. It is typically between about 5 and 6 kWh/m2/day). That is equivalent to 5 – 6 hours of 1000 W/m2 sunlight every day for many geographical locations. However, the daily sun hours must be adjusted for other factors to obtain the actual energy generation capacity.

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Some of these factors are presented as follows. The correction factors include:

  1. 15% for temperature above 25 ˚C (for each degree over 25 ˚C the maximum power of the solar module is reduced by the value of the temperature coefficient). That value is in the range of –0.44% to –0.50% for crystalline silicon with best value of –0.38% for mono-crystalline silicon and –0.34% for amorphouse silicon while it is –0.25% for Cadmium Telluride thin films.
  2. 5% for losses due to sunlight not striking the solar module straight on (caused by glass having increasing reflectance at lower angles of incidence).
  3. 10% for losses due to not receiving energy at the maximum power point, MPP (not present if there is a MPPT controller).
  4. 5% allowance for dirt, dusts or droplets from birds.
  5. 10% allowance for the solar module being below specification and for ageing.

The total correction factor = 0.85 X 0.95 X 0.90 X 0.95 X 0.90 = 0.62

The actual energy generation capacity =  0.62 X Wp rating. That is, for every Wp capacity in the solar module, we can expect to get an average of 0.62 X Wp Wh/day during the lowest solar month (or design month).

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