Solar PV

By Xiaohui Liu

Purdue University

Simulates electricity demand in communities with solar PV systems.

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Published on 23 Jan 2014 All versions

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What is Solar PV?

A residential solar photovoltaic (PV) system is composed of an array of solar photovoltaic panels and an optional energy storage device. Several factors affect the design of the solar PV system, including weather, component costs, electricity usage patterns of appliances, and grid electricity costs.

The purpose of this tool is to help users understand the effects of all these factors when designing a distributed solar PV system. Users select profiles for the appliances, temperature, cloud cover, and solar irradiation for the region they would like to model. Next users describe the solar systems available in the region, noting the penetration rate of the homes in the area and percentage of systems that have a battery. After running the model, users can view the projected daily average electric demand and the total daily electric demand over a one month period.

In addition to using supplied profiles, users can view and generate their own profiles to be included in the database and in the simulation tool.

What's in the Solar PV Database?

Browse, explore, search, audit and export data from the solar PV database ...

Cite this work

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

  • Xiaohui Liu (2014), "Solar PV," (DOI: 10.4231/D32F7JR3T).

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