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Title: Effect of row-to-row shading on the output of flat-plate south-facing photovoltaic arrays

When solar arrays (photovoltaic, thermal, etc.) are arranged in multiple rows of modules, all but the first row suffer reduction in (power) output, even when sufficient spacing between rows is provided. The reduction in output power occurs because the first row prevents some of the diffuse and reflected radiation from reaching the row directly behind it. This work presents estimates of the effect of shading on the amounts of solar radiation received by consecutive rows of flat-plate arrays.
Authors:
; ;  [1] ;  [2]
  1. (North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State Univ., Greensboro, NC (USA))
  2. (University of South Florida, Tampa, FL (USA))
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
7179163
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Journal of Solar Energy Engineering; (USA); Journal Volume: 111:3
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; FLAT PLATE COLLECTORS; DESIGN; SOLAR RADIATION; COMPUTER CODES; CALCULATION METHODS; PERFORMANCE; PHOTOVOLTAIC CONVERSION; CONVERSION; DIRECT ENERGY CONVERSION; ENERGY CONVERSION; EQUIPMENT; RADIATIONS; SOLAR COLLECTORS; SOLAR EQUIPMENT; STELLAR RADIATION 141000* -- Solar Collectors & Concentrators; 990200 -- Mathematics & Computers