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Energies 2016, 9(5), 326; doi:10.3390/en9050326

A Complete and Simplified Datasheet-Based Model of PV Cells in Variable Environmental Conditions for Circuit Simulation

Department of Electrical and Information Engineering, Politecnico di Bari, Bari 70125, Italy
Academic Editor: Rodolfo Araneo
Received: 2 March 2016 / Revised: 15 April 2016 / Accepted: 20 April 2016 / Published: 28 April 2016
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Abstract

The paper proposes two mathematical models of a photo-voltaic (PV) cell—the complete model and the simplified model—which can be used also for modeling a PV module or a PV string under any environmental condition. Both of them are based on the well-known five-parameters model, while the approach allows to write a new descriptive equation, whose terms are functions of the information always available in the modern datasheet of a PV module’s manufacturer. This implies that no pre-processing of the datasheet parameters is needed to use the proposed model, whichever the solar irradiance and the cell/module temperature are. Moreover, these models are interpreted from a circuital point of view, providing the electrical circuits constituted only by basic electrical components. Particularly, in order to take into account the variability of the environment parameters, several variable resistors and voltage-controlled sources are used. The proposed models are tested with the datasheet parameters of commercial PV modules. View Full-Text
Keywords: PV cell model; PV module model; I-V curve; datasheet parameters; variable environmental conditions; circuit simulator; complete model; simplified model PV cell model; PV module model; I-V curve; datasheet parameters; variable environmental conditions; circuit simulator; complete model; simplified model
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Vergura, S. A Complete and Simplified Datasheet-Based Model of PV Cells in Variable Environmental Conditions for Circuit Simulation. Energies 2016, 9, 326.

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