Annual energy production and room temperature effect in siting flat plate photovoltaic systems

L. Barra, D. Cotante

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A method to evaluate the room temperature effect in deteriorating the performance of flat plate PV systems is investigated. The calculations, applied to crystalline Silicon arrays, show a significant energy loss with respect to reference temperature conditions, especially in correspondence to the sites with highest insolation, in which the effect can amount up to about 15%. As a consequence, the previous projections about kW h cost for large scale PV power stations should be rectified by introducing a correction factor accounting for thermal effects. The calculations were carried out for 64 zones, particularly suitable for siting PV plants and distributed among 15 countries over a latitude belt ranging from about 40° North to 15° South. For each zone, it was accounted both for room temperature and insolation historical data. The final results show a linear correlation between yearly global sun radiation density and room temperature effect, which appears quite general, so that, for any other site within the same latitude belt, it is possible to account for thermal effect on PV kW h cost simply by knowing the global sun radiation density on horizontal surface (usually the only experimental available datum). © 1993.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)383 - 389
Number of pages7
JournalSolar Energy
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1993
Externally publishedYes


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Surfaces, Coatings and Films

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