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Coatings 2019, 9(3), 193;

Measurement of Equivalent BRDF on the Surface of Solar Panel with Periodic Structure

Research Center for Space Optical Engineering, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150001, China
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Received: 21 February 2019 / Revised: 10 March 2019 / Accepted: 14 March 2019 / Published: 16 March 2019
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The surface of a complex material with a periodic structure is equivalent to the surface of a uniform material, and the measurement and data processing methods for the equivalent optical BRDF of a solar panel based on a large-scale spot are proposed. Based on a solar simulator, high-intensity light illuminometer, low-intensity light illuminometer and precise rotary platform, the BRDF automatic measurement platform is built. Spot size optimization and a measurement radius optimization method are proposed. The measurement results show that the BRDF of the solar panel has specular reflection characteristics, but that it still differs from the solar cell in the half width of the BRDF curve. Measurement error analysis is performed for the measurement process; its value is 6.74%. The measurement results can be used to improve the understanding of the optical reflection characteristics of the solar panel. Meanwhile, the method can also be used to measure and characterize the coatings of heat insulation material and scattering coating. The measurement data also has practical reference value for evaluations of improvements of the light absorption of the surface functional material. Finally, it can be used to simulate the target image scene. View Full-Text
Keywords: measurement; equivalent BRDF; solar panel; error analysis measurement; equivalent BRDF; solar panel; error analysis

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Hou, Q.; Wang, Z.; Su, J.; Tan, F. Measurement of Equivalent BRDF on the Surface of Solar Panel with Periodic Structure. Coatings 2019, 9, 193.

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