Modeling the Effects of Inhomogeneous Irradiation and Temperature Profile on CPV Solar Cell Behavior

Reis, F. and Guerreiro, Caterina and Batista, Fabio and Pimentel, Tomas and Pravettoni, Mauro and Wemans, J. and Sorasio, G. and Brito, Miguel (2015) Modeling the Effects of Inhomogeneous Irradiation and Temperature Profile on CPV Solar Cell Behavior. IEEE Journal of Photovoltaics, 5 (1). pp. 112-122. ISSN 2156-3381

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Abstract

Solar cells that integrate concentration photovoltaic systems are usually exposed to inhomogeneous illumination and temperature profiles which influence their performance. Under such conditions, the solar cell behavior is only accurately modeled if the diode and resistive losses are considered to be distributed across the solar cell instead of being gathered, as in the conventional lumped model. This paper presents a distributed diode model and its experimental validation, which was carried out for standard test conditions and a range of temperature and concentration levels going from 25 to 70 °C and 1 to 30 suns, respectively, for both homogeneous and a set of inhomogeneous profiles. Modeled and experimental results showed good agreement, thus validating the model. The results of traditional and distributed model approaches are compared with homogeneous and inhomogeneous profiles of irradiation and temperature. Finally, we analyze the effect of different profiles on cell performance.

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