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Evaluating Building Integrated Photovoltaic Performance Models



Arthur H. Fanney, Brian P. Dougherty, Mark W. Davis


Predictive performance tools could accelerate the implementation of integrated photovoltaics (BIPV. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) seeks to improve and validate previously developed computer simulation tools with experimental data collected in a building integrated photovoltaic test bed. Twelve months of performance data has been collected for BIPV panels using four different cell technologies crystalline, polycrystalline, silicon film, and triple-junction amorphous. Two panels using each cell technology were present, one without any insulation attached to its rear surface and one with insulation attached to its rear surface. Two predictive performance tools were investigated IV Curve Tracer a photovoltaic model developed by Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), and PHANTASM, a BIPV predictive tool developed by the Solar Energy Laboratory at the University of Wisconsin. The performance data associated with the eight panels in the BIPV Test bed , along with meteorological data was compared to the predictions of the SNL and PHANTASM models.
Proceedings Title
IEEE Photoboltaic Specialists Conference | 29th | | IEEE
Conference Dates
May 20-24, 2002
Conference Title
Conference Record IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference


building integrated, mono-crystalline, photovoltaic, polycrystalline, predictive performance tools, silicon film, test bed


Fanney, A. , Dougherty, B. and Davis, M. (2002), Evaluating Building Integrated Photovoltaic Performance Models, IEEE Photoboltaic Specialists Conference | 29th | | IEEE, [online], (Accessed July 18, 2024)


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Created May 1, 2002, Updated February 19, 2017