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Temperature Dependent Energy Gain of Bifacial PV Farms: A Global Perspective

Publication Type : Journal Article

Publisher : Applied Energy

Source : Applied Energy 276 (2020) 115405. (IF: 9.4)

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Campus : Chennai

School : School of Engineering

Center : Amrita Innovation & Research

Department : Electronics and Communication

Verified : Yes

Year : 2020

Abstract : Bifacial solar panels are perceived to be the technology of choice for next-generation solar farms for their increased energy yield at a marginally increased cost. As the bifacial farms proliferate around the world, it is important to investigate the role of temperature-dependent energy-yield and the levelized cost of energy (LCOE) of bifacial solar farms relative to monofacial farms, stand-alone bifacial modules, and various competing bifacial technologies. In this work, we integrate existing irradiance and light collection models with experimentally validated physics-based temperature-dependent efficiency models to compare the energy yield and LCOE of various bifacial technologies across the world. We find that temperature-dependent efficiency changes the energy yield and LCOE by approximately . Indeed, the results differ significantly depending on the location of the farm (defines the illumination and ambient temperature), the elevation of the module (increases light collection), as well as the temperature-coefficients of various bifacial technologies. The analysis presented in this paper will allow us to realistically assess location-specific relative advantage and economic viability of the next generation bifacial solar farms.

Cite this Research Publication : M. T. Patel, R. Ammapet Vijayan, R. Asadpour, M. Varadharajaperumal, M. R. Khan, and M. A. Alam, “Temperature Dependent Energy Gain of Bifacial PV Farms: A Global Perspective”, Applied Energy 276 (2020) 115405. (IF: 9.4)

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