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Title: PV TOMCAT

Abstract

PV TOMCAT predicts the outdoor operating temperature and output power of a PV module based on measured physical properties and outdoor conditions. It includes a ray tracing model of a PV module, which runs in the commercial SunSolve ray tracer. Output from this model is combined with meteorological time series data to produce a combined input file for a finite-element model of heat conduction and radiation. Finally, this finite-element model is run in the commercial COMSOL Multiphysics software, producing time series outputs of temperature and power.

Developers:
 [1];  [1];  [2]
  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. University of Minnesota
Release Date:
Project Type:
Open Source, Publicly Available Repository
Software Type:
Scientific
Programming Languages:
Python
Licenses:
BSD 3-clause "New" or "Revised" License
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (EE-4S)

Primary Award/Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Code ID:
20264
Site Accession Number:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States); University of Minnesota
Country of Origin:
United States

Citation Formats

Deceglie, Michael, Silverman, Timothy, Slauch, Ian, and USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. PV TOMCAT. Computer software. https://www.osti.gov//servlets/purl/1480840. USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Solar Energy Technologies Office (EE-4S). 22 Aug. 2018. Web. doi:10.11578/dc.20181105.1.
Deceglie, Michael, Silverman, Timothy, Slauch, Ian, & USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. (2018, August 22). PV TOMCAT [Computer software]. https://www.osti.gov//servlets/purl/1480840. doi:10.11578/dc.20181105.1.
Deceglie, Michael, Silverman, Timothy, Slauch, Ian, and USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. PV TOMCAT. Computer software. August 22, 2018. https://www.osti.gov//servlets/purl/1480840. doi:10.11578/dc.20181105.1.
@misc{osti_1480840,
title = {PV TOMCAT},
author = {Deceglie, Michael and Silverman, Timothy and Slauch, Ian and USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy},
abstractNote = {PV TOMCAT predicts the outdoor operating temperature and output power of a PV module based on measured physical properties and outdoor conditions. It includes a ray tracing model of a PV module, which runs in the commercial SunSolve ray tracer. Output from this model is combined with meteorological time series data to produce a combined input file for a finite-element model of heat conduction and radiation. Finally, this finite-element model is run in the commercial COMSOL Multiphysics software, producing time series outputs of temperature and power.},
url = {https://www.osti.gov//servlets/purl/1480840},
doi = {10.11578/dc.20181105.1},
year = {2018},
month = {8},
note =
}

Software:
Publicly Accessible Repository
https://github.com/NREL/pv_tomcat

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