New imec simulation software predicts energy yield of solar modules

By Kelly Pickerel At this week’s Intersolar Europe, imec, a research and innovation hub in nano-electronics, energy, and digital technology, and partner EnergyVille will introduce simulation software that accurately predicts the daily energy yield of solar cells and solar modules under varying meteorological and irradiation conditions. Imec’s model combines optical, thermal and electrical parameters to provide detailed insight on thermal gradients in the solar module. The model integrates the effect of these gradients, resulting in a significantly better accuracy (root mean square error of only 2.5%) than commercially available software packages for energy yield estimation.
Solar cell efficiencies and photovoltaic module performances are typically

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