View-factor vs. ray tracing – which bifacial modelling techniques should you use?

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Our webinar partner, Soltec, has logged in 12 months of testing in its Bifacial Tracker Evaluation Center and will share some of the key findings in this webinar. Aside from news about AC/DC-ratio practices, also joining the webinar is NREL’s Bifacial PV Analyst, Silvana Ayala, who will provide her insights into the two methodologies to calculate rear-side irradiance.

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José Alfonso Teruel, CTO, Soltec Innovations
Silvana Ayala Peláez, Bifacial PV Analyst, NREL

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Marian Willuhn, Editor (Global), , pv magazine group
Tim Sylvia, US Editor, pv magazine group

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Understanding different parameters that influence on Bifacial Gain, from the final results of BiTEC for 1-year evaluations

When modeling a bifacial plus single-axis tracking site, yield predictions tend to be a few percentage points off what the real output is once the site is built and commissioned. Already an offset of 5% can have severe effects on a project’s finances, as the expected generation capacity, of course, determines the tariff at which electricity is sold.  Aside from determining the right tariffs, inaccurate generation predictions will also have adverse effects on the plant’s performance. Bifacial gains are most pronounced during midday operations of a plant, meaning that the power plants peak power is increasing, while in the morning and evenings, bifacial modules don’t increase yield. That means that plant designers need to change AC/DC-ration to avoid premature inverter clipping but still ensure that the site is running at its highest efficiency.

 

Our pv magazine webinar partner, Soltec, has logged in 12 months of testing in its Bifacial Tracker Evaluation Center Center and José Alfonso Teruel, CTO at Soltec Innovations will share some of the key findings in this webinar. Aside from news about AC/DC-ratio practices, also joining the webinar is NREL’s Bifacial PV Analyst, Silvana Ayala Pelaéz, who will provide her insights into the two methodologies to calculate rear-side irradiance. One is the view-factor model, which assumes an isotropic scattering of reflected rays. This model is used by PVsyst or SAM, for example. On the other side, ray-tracing models simulate multipath reflection and absorption of individual rays entering a scene. Ray-tracing software such as bifacial radiance offers the possibility of reproducing complex scenes. There is some degree of deviation in the prediction when both approaches are compared.

Join our webinar to learn more about different methodologies to accurately calculate rear-side gains from bifacial tracking sites. And how to adjust inverter capacity to ensure smooth and efficient operation of the site.

Webinar content:

  • Results of year evaluations at BiTEC
  • Comparison between 1P and 2P solar trackers
  • Implementing factors of trackers to achieve better results in PVsyst simulations and influence factors for Bifacial Gain
  • AC/DC ratio in bifacial tracking arrays

 

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José Alfonso Teruel, CTO, Soltec

Automation and Industrial Electronics Engineer, José Alfonso started in 2005 working in the United Kingdom on solar trackers for PV concentration. He has been working at Soltec since 2007 where he has been involved in the development of Soltec’s CPV modules, two and single-axis trackers, micro-inverters, micro-trackers and more recently the SFUtility and SF7 followers. He has been and R&D director and Technical Director at Soltec.

Silvana Ayala, Bifacial PV Analyst, NREL

Silvana Ayala Pelaez is a Post-doc at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, working with the Photovoltaic (PV) Field Performance & Reliability group on bifacial silicon PV technology. She has a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Arizona, where she worked in the Photonic Systems Laboratory under Dr. Raymond Kostuk, performing research on the integration of holographic optical components with pv materials for higher efficiency in solar panels.

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