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Title: Simulated potential for enhanced performance of mechanically stacked hybrid III–V/Si tandem photovoltaic modules using DC–DC converters

Abstract

This work examines a tandem module design with GaInP2 mechanically stacked on top of crystalline Si, using a detailed photovoltaic (PV) system model to simulate four-terminal (4T) unconstrained and two-terminal voltage-matched (2T VM) parallel architectures. Module-level power electronics is proposed for the 2T VM module design to enhance its performance over the breadth of temperatures experienced by a typical PV installation. Annual, hourly simulations of various scenarios indicate that this design can reduce annual energy losses to ~0.5% relative to the 4T module configuration. Consideration is given to both performance and practical design for building or ground mount installations, emphasizing compatibility with existing standard Si modules.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [2];  [2];  [2];  [2];  [1]
  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. Naval Research Lab. (NRL), Washington, DC (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (EE-4S)
OSTI Identifier:
1417963
Report Number(s):
NREL/JA-5K00-70336
Journal ID: ISSN 1947-7988
Grant/Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Journal Article: Accepted Manuscript
Journal Name:
Journal of Photonics for Energy
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 7; Journal Issue: 04; Journal ID: ISSN 1947-7988
Publisher:
SPIE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 42 ENGINEERING; tandem photovoltaic modules; III-V silicon multijunction solar cells; module level power electronics; PV system simulation and modeling

Citation Formats

MacAlpine, Sara, Bobela, David C., Kurtz, Sarah, Lumb, Matthew P., Schmieder, Kenneth J., Moore, James E., Walters, Robert J., and Alberi, Kirstin. Simulated potential for enhanced performance of mechanically stacked hybrid III–V/Si tandem photovoltaic modules using DC–DC converters. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.1117/1.JPE.7.042501.
MacAlpine, Sara, Bobela, David C., Kurtz, Sarah, Lumb, Matthew P., Schmieder, Kenneth J., Moore, James E., Walters, Robert J., & Alberi, Kirstin. Simulated potential for enhanced performance of mechanically stacked hybrid III–V/Si tandem photovoltaic modules using DC–DC converters. United States. doi:10.1117/1.JPE.7.042501.
MacAlpine, Sara, Bobela, David C., Kurtz, Sarah, Lumb, Matthew P., Schmieder, Kenneth J., Moore, James E., Walters, Robert J., and Alberi, Kirstin. Sun . "Simulated potential for enhanced performance of mechanically stacked hybrid III–V/Si tandem photovoltaic modules using DC–DC converters". United States. doi:10.1117/1.JPE.7.042501.
@article{osti_1417963,
title = {Simulated potential for enhanced performance of mechanically stacked hybrid III–V/Si tandem photovoltaic modules using DC–DC converters},
author = {MacAlpine, Sara and Bobela, David C. and Kurtz, Sarah and Lumb, Matthew P. and Schmieder, Kenneth J. and Moore, James E. and Walters, Robert J. and Alberi, Kirstin},
abstractNote = {This work examines a tandem module design with GaInP2 mechanically stacked on top of crystalline Si, using a detailed photovoltaic (PV) system model to simulate four-terminal (4T) unconstrained and two-terminal voltage-matched (2T VM) parallel architectures. Module-level power electronics is proposed for the 2T VM module design to enhance its performance over the breadth of temperatures experienced by a typical PV installation. Annual, hourly simulations of various scenarios indicate that this design can reduce annual energy losses to ~0.5% relative to the 4T module configuration. Consideration is given to both performance and practical design for building or ground mount installations, emphasizing compatibility with existing standard Si modules.},
doi = {10.1117/1.JPE.7.042501},
journal = {Journal of Photonics for Energy},
number = 04,
volume = 7,
place = {United States},
year = {Sun Oct 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Sun Oct 01 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
}

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