Effects of solar cell group granularity and modern system architectures on partial shading response of crystalline silicon modules and systems

Kostas Sinapis, Tom T. H. Rooijakkers, Rafael Pacheco Bubi, Wilfried G. J. H. M. Sark

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Abstract

Partial shading is widely considered to be a limiting factor in the performance of photovoltaic (PV) systems applied in urban environments. Modern system architectures combined with per module deployment of power electronics have been used to improve performance especially at heterogeneous irradiance conditions. In this work another approach is used to combine modern system architecture with alternate module designs. The granularity of cell groups in PV modules is investigated together with the so-called Tessera concept, in which single cells are cut in 16 parts. Typical meteorological year yield calculations show that these alternate module designs in combination with modern system architectures can retrieve up to half the shading losses compared to standard modules and string inverters under identical shading conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)977-989
JournalProgress in Photovoltaics: Research and Applications
Volume29
Issue number9
Early online date2021
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2021

Keywords

  • Tessera module
  • bypass diodes
  • module level power electronics
  • solar cell granularity

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