Performance modeling for accurate energy output and yield prediction of bifacial PV systems

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Today Bifacial PV is becoming mainstream with capacity available at GW scale and corresponding utility scale projects globally, as the deployment of bifacial PV technology has proven to be the most effective solution to reduce the LCOE and increase the IRR of PV systems. Join our webinar to understand the impact of bifacial modules on the LCOE of the project, including calculating the higher energy generation level for different environmental conditions and installation setup.

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Andrea Viaro, Head of Technical Service Europe, JinkoSolar
Teun Burgers, Senior Researcher, ECN.TNO
Bas Van Aken, Scientist in PV module technology, ECN.TNO

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Mark Hutchins, Editor, pv magazine group

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Understand the impact of bifacial modules on the LCOE of the project, including calculating the higher energy generation level for different environmental conditions and installation setup

Today Bifacial PV is becoming mainstream with capacity available at GW scale and corresponding utility scale projects globally, as the deployment of bifacial PV technology has proven to be the most effective solution to reduce the LCOE and increase the IRR of PV systems. On one hand, the innovation in bifacial technology, such as transparent backsheet, is one of the key factors that influences bifacial modules to become a mainstream technology for many EPCs.  Innovation, as well as quality (reliability and durability) of the module positively impact the profitability of utility-scale PV power plants in the long run. On the other hand, standardization and accurate performance models for yield predictions are becoming a must to generate quality-based finance and procurement strategies to ensure long-term project viability.

In this webinar, JinkoSolar, together with ECN.TNO, will discuss the impact of bifacial modules on the LCOE of the projects from different point of views. Andrea Viaro, Head of Technical Service Europe, from JinkoSolar will discuss how innovation in bifacial technology, such as its bifacial Swan modules with DuPont Clear Tedlar film- based backsheet, significantly and positively can impact the profitability of utility-scale PV power plants. Teun Burgers, Senior Researcher and Bas Van Aken, Scientist in PV module technology at ECN.TNO will present their unique and versatile simulation model, BIGEYE, that can be used to accurately predict the yield of a complex bifacial PV systems.

Join our webinar, to discover how innovation in bifacial technology, can positively impact the profitability of utility-scale PV power plants.

Webinar Content

  • Impact of bifacial modules on the LCOE of the project: calculation of the yield benefit for
    different environmental conditions and installation types
  • Comparison of different (bifacial) system designs, e.g. single-axis tracking, east-west or vertical orientation
  • Variation of system designs: ground coverage ratio, tilt angle, spacing within rows, ground-clearance of system
  • How to adapt the design of PV plant for better matching to demand or value profile over time or matching with multi-use, like agriculture or nature
  • Shading in bifacial PV systems – how to reduce the impact at module and system level?
  • Energy yield assessment for bifacial PV modules and its validation.

Speakers

Andrea Viaro, Head of Technical Service Europe, JinkoSolar

Andrea Viaro is responsible for the technical activities at JinkoSolar Europe since 2014, lately overseeing also product developments’ launch in the EU market. He has been working in the PV sector for the last nine years in similar roles at other tier-1 module manufacturer and technical consultancy global firm. His deep knowledge of PV technology and industry, regarding PV modules features and quality, makes him a valued expert in this field.

Teun Burgers, Senior Researcher, ECN.TNO

Antonius (Teun) Burgers received his degree in Mathematics from Leiden University in 1984 and a doctorate in natural sciences from the University of Utrecht in 2005. He joined ECN in 1985. Since 1992 he has been working in the field of solar energy, both in silicon solar cell technology development and modelling of solar cell physics. Technology development has included bifacial n-PERT, its industrial implementation and n-IBC. Currently he is focusing on energy yield of (bifacial) PV systems, and application of PV in infrastructure and the built environment

Bas Van Aken, Scientist in PV module technology, ECN.TNO

Bas B. Van Aken is a researcher in the PV systems, modules and applications group at ECN.TNO, focussing on fabrication, reliability and (outdoor) performance of bifacial and back-contact modules. Before, he worked on thin film Si solar cells by PECVD at ECN. After gaining a Ph.D. in solid state chemistry at the University of Groningen, he worked as a post-doc at Cambridge University and the Max-Born-Institut for Nonlinear and Ultrafast Optics in Berlin. His work has been published by, amongst others, Nature, Nature Materials and Physical Review Letters.

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