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Energies 2012, 5(3), 770-789; doi:10.3390/en5030770
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Analysis and Prediction of Energy Production in Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) Installations

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Received: 23 January 2012; in revised form: 29 February 2012 / Accepted: 12 March 2012 / Published: 16 March 2012
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Abstract: A method for the prediction of Energy Production (EP) in Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) installations is examined in this study. It presents a new method that predicts EP by using Global Horizontal Irradiation (GHI) and the Photovoltaic Geographical Information System (PVGIS) database, instead of Direct Normal Irradiation (DNI) data, which are rarely recorded at most locations. EP at four Spanish CPV installations is analyzed: two are based on silicon solar cells and the other two on multi-junction III-V solar cells. The real EP is compared with the predicted EP. Two methods for EP prediction are presented. In the first preliminary method, a monthly Performance Ratio (PR) is used as an arbitrary constant value (75%) and an estimation of the DNI. The DNI estimation is obtained from GHI measurements and the PVGIS database. In the second method, a lineal model is proposed for the first time in this paper to obtain the predicted EP from the estimated DNI. This lineal model is the regression line that correlates the real monthly EP and the estimated DNI in 2009. This new method implies that the monthly PR is variable. Using the new method, the difference between the predicted and the real EP values is less than 2% for the annual EP and is in the range of 5.6%–16.1% for the monthly EP. The method that uses the variable monthly PR allows the prediction of the EP with reasonable accuracy. It is therefore possible to predict the CPV EP for any location, using only widely available GHI data and the PVGIS database.
Keywords: concentrating photovoltaics; CPV; energy production; prediction; analysis concentrating photovoltaics; CPV; energy production; prediction; analysis
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Gómez-Gil, F.J.; Wang, X.; Barnett, A. Analysis and Prediction of Energy Production in Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) Installations. Energies 2012, 5, 770-789.

AMA Style

Gómez-Gil FJ, Wang X, Barnett A. Analysis and Prediction of Energy Production in Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) Installations. Energies. 2012; 5(3):770-789.

Chicago/Turabian Style

Gómez-Gil, Francisco J.; Wang, Xiaoting; Barnett, Allen. 2012. "Analysis and Prediction of Energy Production in Concentrating Photovoltaic (CPV) Installations." Energies 5, no. 3: 770-789.


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