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Title: Bifacial PV System Performance: Separating Fact from Fiction

Abstract

The performance of bifacial PV systems depends greatly on the installed conditions. Previous simulations and results have shown very high bifacial gain improvement, but this may not be the case for all conditions, particularly for large-scale systems with self-shading, lower-cost PV modules (PERC) which might have lower bifaciality coefficient, and field deployments over natural ground cover. But not to worry! Financial models indicate that even with these lower performance conditions, and with bifacial gain of 4%-9%, bifacial modules can still provide improved LCOE.

Authors:
ORCiD logo [1]; ORCiD logo [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [2]
  1. National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
  2. Sandia National Laboratories
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:
1532646
Report Number(s):
NREL/PR-5K00-74090
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Presented at the IEEE 46th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference (PVSC), 16-21 June 2019, Chicago, Illinois
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 24 POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION; bifacial photovoltaic; performance modeling; radiance ray-tracing; LCOE

Citation Formats

Deline, Christopher A, Ayala Pelaez, Silvana, Marion, William F, Sekulic, William R, Woodhouse, Michael A, and Stein, Josh. Bifacial PV System Performance: Separating Fact from Fiction. United States: N. p., 2019. Web.
Deline, Christopher A, Ayala Pelaez, Silvana, Marion, William F, Sekulic, William R, Woodhouse, Michael A, & Stein, Josh. Bifacial PV System Performance: Separating Fact from Fiction. United States.
Deline, Christopher A, Ayala Pelaez, Silvana, Marion, William F, Sekulic, William R, Woodhouse, Michael A, and Stein, Josh. Wed . "Bifacial PV System Performance: Separating Fact from Fiction". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1532646.
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author = {Deline, Christopher A and Ayala Pelaez, Silvana and Marion, William F and Sekulic, William R and Woodhouse, Michael A and Stein, Josh},
abstractNote = {The performance of bifacial PV systems depends greatly on the installed conditions. Previous simulations and results have shown very high bifacial gain improvement, but this may not be the case for all conditions, particularly for large-scale systems with self-shading, lower-cost PV modules (PERC) which might have lower bifaciality coefficient, and field deployments over natural ground cover. But not to worry! Financial models indicate that even with these lower performance conditions, and with bifacial gain of 4%-9%, bifacial modules can still provide improved LCOE.},
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place = {United States},
year = {2019},
month = {7}
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