Effect of High Outdoor Temperature on the PV modules with Advance Internal Architecture

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Saudi Arabia is serious about the targeted renewable electricity production and bigger share of this electricity will come from photovoltaics. The office of Renewable Energy Projects Development Office (REPDO) announced a target of 58.7 GW renewable energy electricity by 2030. In which 40 GW is expected to come from photovoltaic (PV) power. Therefore, the number of PV power plants installation will increase exponentially in the coming years. However, the divers and harsh weather condition of Saudi Arabia can affect the performance of the PV modules, and this directly related to the performance, stability and cost. Long and short term performances and feasibility analyses are becoming more and more important to reach key conclusions for investors, researchers and decision makers. In this context, outdoor testing of PV modules is extremely important to reach more realistic long and short term performance and feasibility of PV power plants. In addition, for smaller scale installations, such as, roof top power plants and individual residential applications, research results of outdoor testing are very useful, both for the marketing people and the customers. Several universities, and private organizations have tested traditional mono and poly crystalline silicon solar modules, CIZS and even conventional bifacial modules under harsh Saudi Arabian weather condition. However, in recent years there is advancement in the internal cell architecture to improve the module efficiency and stability, such as, Passivated emitter rear cell, Multi ribbon and wire bus-bars, Split panels, Shingled cells, and Interdigitated back contact cells. To best of our knowledge there is not much study in Saudi Arabia, where most of these modules with advance internal cell architecture have been evaluate for their performance in Saudi Arabian weather condition. As per the manufactures specification, these Si modules are much superior then the commonly used Si modules, in terms of stability and efficiency. So, in this project we have selected these 5 modules types with advance internal cell architecture on the basis of better thermal stability and efficiency to test and evaluate under harsh Saudi Arabian weather condition. The finding will help the local renewable power industries and individuals for the selection of better modules for their power plants and IRC-REPS, KFUPM will have an active platform for future industrial PV research work.
Effective start/end date1/07/211/01/23


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