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End-to-End Modeling for Variability and Reliability Analysis of Thin Film PV
2012 IEEE Reliability Physics Symposium Proceedings
  • Sourabh Dongaonkar, Purdue University - Main Campus
  • Muhammad A Alam, Purdue University - Main Campus
Abstract

We present an end-to-end modeling framework, spanning the device, module and also system levels, for analyzing thin film photovoltaics (PV). This approach is based on embedding a detailed, statistically relevant, physics based equivalent circuit into module and array level simulations. This approach enables us to analyze key variability and reliability issues in thin film PV, and allows us to interpret their effect on process yield and intrinsic module lifetimes. Our results suggest that the time-zero gap between cell and module efficiencies, a key variability concern for thin-film PV, can be attributed to processrelated shunts with log-normal PDF distributed randomly across the cell surface. Similarly, this end-to-end simulation approach allows us to investigate the reliability issues caused by partial shadowing in thin film modules, especially in context of array configurations. These results provide important insights into its nature and consequences of shadow degradation on long term system performance. This work showcases the importance of an integrated analysis in case of thin film PV, because traditional approaches used to Silicon PV to tackle reliability/variability issues cannot be applied directly to such systems.

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Proceedings of 2012 IEEE Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS 2012)

Keywords
  • thin film PV,
  • variability,
  • reliability,
  • shunt,
  • partial shadow,
  • modeling and simulation
Date of this Version
1-1-2012
DOI
10.1109/IRPS.2012.6241828
Citation
S. Dongaonkar and Muhammad A. Alam, 2012 IEEE Reliability Physics Symposium (IRPS 2012) (accepted)
Citation Information
Sourabh Dongaonkar and Muhammad A Alam. "End-to-End Modeling for Variability and Reliability Analysis of Thin Film PV" 2012 IEEE Reliability Physics Symposium Proceedings (2012)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/sourabh_dongaonkar/8/