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Title: Improvements to PVWatts for Fixed and One-Axis Tracking Systems: Preprint

Abstract

This work presents improvements to the widely used NREL PVWatts photovoltaic system energy model to improve modeling accuracy for typical fixed and one axis system designs. The aim is to calculate losses in the PV system assuming typical modern system design assumptions, while maintaining simplicity by keeping the required set of input parameters small. These improvements allow users to more credibly and quickly evaluate competing system designs in early stage feasibility. Common submodels for module cover, spectral, snow, tracker, transformer, plant controller, and self-shading losses, in addition to a bifacial gain option, are incorporated into the PVWatts model, and are shown to improve PVWatts' system performance prediction capabilities without major impact to ease of use.

Authors:
 [1];  [2];  [2]
  1. Envision Energy
  2. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (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:
1530705
Report Number(s):
NREL/CP-6A20-74097
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Presented at the 46th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC 46), 16-21 June 2019, Chicago, Illinois
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; photovoltaic modeling; PVWatts; bifacial; self-shading

Citation Formats

Dobos, Aron P, Freeman, Janine M, and Blair, Nathan J. Improvements to PVWatts for Fixed and One-Axis Tracking Systems: Preprint. United States: N. p., 2019. Web.
Dobos, Aron P, Freeman, Janine M, & Blair, Nathan J. Improvements to PVWatts for Fixed and One-Axis Tracking Systems: Preprint. United States.
Dobos, Aron P, Freeman, Janine M, and Blair, Nathan J. Wed . "Improvements to PVWatts for Fixed and One-Axis Tracking Systems: Preprint". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1530705.
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author = {Dobos, Aron P and Freeman, Janine M and Blair, Nathan J},
abstractNote = {This work presents improvements to the widely used NREL PVWatts photovoltaic system energy model to improve modeling accuracy for typical fixed and one axis system designs. The aim is to calculate losses in the PV system assuming typical modern system design assumptions, while maintaining simplicity by keeping the required set of input parameters small. These improvements allow users to more credibly and quickly evaluate competing system designs in early stage feasibility. Common submodels for module cover, spectral, snow, tracker, transformer, plant controller, and self-shading losses, in addition to a bifacial gain option, are incorporated into the PVWatts model, and are shown to improve PVWatts' system performance prediction capabilities without major impact to ease of use.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {6}
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