Impact of solar cell efficiency on the design of photovoltaic systems

Kamel, Fouad M. and Muhlbauer, A. (1984) Impact of solar cell efficiency on the design of photovoltaic systems. Solar Cells, 11 (3). pp. 269-280. ISSN 0379-6787

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Abstract

Photovoltaic systems having different solar cell efficiencies and module fabrication costs per square meter but the same power output and energy demand were compared with each other. For given costs per peak watt of the modules or the complete system and known fabrication costs per square metre, the required solar cell efficiency can be calculated. The lower limit of the fabrication costs determines the minimum solar cell efficiency required. At relatively low allowable system costs per peak watt, any increase in the fabrication costs per unit area demands a larger increase in cell efficiency than for higher allowable system costs. At the same time the required minimum cell efficiency increases, and vice versa. The given quantitative results are typical only for industrialized countries, but the general tendencies are nevertheless correct.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version unavilable in electronic format.
Depositing User: Dr Fouad Kamel
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering
Date Deposited: 24 Apr 2008 02:52
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2013 01:37
Uncontrolled Keywords: photovoltaic; efficiency; solar energy; silicon solar cells; electricity generation
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090603 Industrial Electronics
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090604 Microelectronics and Integrated Circuits
09 Engineering > 0906 Electrical and Electronic Engineering > 090605 Photodetectors, Optical Sensors and Solar Cells
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): B Economic Development > 85 Energy > 8505 Renewable Energy > 850504 Solar-Photovoltaic Energy
Identification Number or DOI: doi: 10.1016/0379-6787(84)90016-4
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4097

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