Title: Semi-empirical single diode model and verification to common photovoltaic module technologies

Authors: Tefera T. Yetayew; Thurumalla R. Jyothsna

Addresses: Department of Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering (A), Andhra University, Visakhapatnam-530003, A.P, India ' Department of Electrical Engineering, College of Engineering (A), Andhra University, Visakhapatnam-530003, A.P, India

Abstract: This paper proposed an improved semi-empirical single diode photovoltaic (PV) module model over single-diode five parameter (Rp) model. Rp-model is considered as a compromise in simplicity and accuracy among other models, however, it has drawbacks on deviation from actual value at low irradiance level. The proposed semi-empirical Rp-model (SE-Rp) is to improve the drawback by considering the simplicity and accuracy features of Rp-model. Model verification has been done for six different PV modules of three common manufacturing technologies: mono-crystalline, poly/multi-crystalline and thin-film silicon. I-V characteristic and absolute error plots revealed significant improvements of the proposed model over Rp-model.

Keywords: Rp-model; SE-Rp-model; PV modules; photovoltaics; absolute relative error; I-V characteristics; single diode model; verification; solar energy; solar power; silicon.

DOI: 10.1504/IJRET.2016.077742

International Journal of Renewable Energy Technology, 2016 Vol.7 No.3, pp.246 - 263

Available online: 14 Jul 2016 *

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