The Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE in Freiburg implemented new analytic models into the software SmartCalc.CTM which simulates the losses and gains in power output due to cell-to-module (CTM) integration. Significantly extended features now include the analysis of solar modules with bifacial solar cells and the freedom to define arbitrary operation conditions. SmartCalc.CTM now supports module optimization beyond laboratory conditions for an even greater variety of technologies.
According to Fraunhofer ISE, The new release includes bifaciality and arbitrary operation conditions. Users can now investigate the effect of a second photoactive side of the solar cell within the module stack. The module setup can be loaded from database files or edited directly in a graphical user interface.
The new analytical models not only allow bifacial solar cells but also include a more detailed analysis of back sheets and their impact on module power. Selection of the irradiance spectrum, the angle of incidence distribution, as well as the intensity of the incident light, now allows the evaluation of PV module behavior at non-Standard Testing Conditions (STC).
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