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Title: Comparison of Photovoltaic Models in the System Advisor Model: Preprint

The System Advisor Model (SAM) is free software developed by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) for predicting the performance of renewable energy systems and analyzing the financial feasibility of residential, commercial, and utility-scale grid-connected projects. SAM offers several options for predicting the performance of photovoltaic (PV) systems. The model requires that the analyst choose from three PV system models, and depending on that choice, possibly choose from three module and two inverter component models. To obtain meaningful results from SAM, the analyst must be aware of the differences between the model options and their applicability to different modeling scenarios. This paper presents an overview the different PV model options and presents a comparison of results for a 200-kW system using different model options.
Authors:
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1096104
Report Number(s):
NREL/CP-6A20-58057
DOE Contract Number:
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Presented at Solar 2013, 16-20 April 2013, Baltimore, Maryland
Research Org:
National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Golden, CO.
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solar Energy Technologies Program
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING SAM; SYSTEM ADVISOR MODEL; PV; PHOTOVOLTAIC; MODEL; Solar Energy - Photovoltaics; Energy Analysis