A Guide to Bifacial Photovoltaics

While bifacial photovoltaics are not yet mainstream, their use and popularity continue to grow. This is particularly the case in the solar industry, where bifacial photovoltaics are considered to be a key means of increasing the efficiency of solar plants, ultimately helping boost global solar energy production.

A Guide to Bifacial Photovoltaics

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The global solar industry has yet to reach a consensus on the most appropriate methods for simulating and measuring energy output. Some measurement approaches may report a greater increase in plant efficiency via bifacial photovoltaics than others.

This disparity in predictions is impacted by a number of factors:

  • System setup and module geometry
  • Back sheet material
  • Effects of ground albedo
  • Methods employed in simulating and measuring solar irradiance

In order to develop and disseminate a more precise approach for predicting the actual efficiency increase afforded via bifacial photovoltaics, it is essential to maintain a comprehensive database on module performance.

A Guide to Bifacial Photovoltaics

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Kipp & Zonen & Solar have produced a helpful guide that provides an overview of current research in the field of bifacial photovoltaics, including a range of in-house research. Information on current technical developments and ongoing research is also included.

This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by OTT HydroMet - Solar Energy.

For more information on this source, please visit OTT HydroMet - Solar Energy.

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