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Bifacial Photovoltaics: Technology, applications and economics

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Editors: Joris Libal 1 ; Radovan Kopecek 1
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Publication Year: 2018

Bifacial photovoltaic (PV) modules are able to utilize light from both sides and can therefore significantly increase the electric yield of PV power plants, thus reducing the cost and improving profitability. Bifacial PV technology has a huge potential to reach a major market share, in particular when considering utility scale PV plants. Accordingly, bifacial PV is currently attracting increasing attention from involved engineers, scientists and investors. There is a lack of available, structured information about this topic. A book that focuses exclusively on bifacial PV thus meets an increasing need. Bifacial Photovoltaics: Technology, applications and economics provides an overview of the history, status and future of bifacial PV technology with a focus on crystalline silicon technology, covering the areas of cells, modules, and systems. In addition, topics like energy yield simulations and bankability are addressed. It is a must-read for researchers and manufacturers involved with cutting-edge photovoltaics.

Inspec keywords: power generation economics; solar cells; photovoltaic power systems; power generation reliability

Other keywords: energy yield prediction simulation models; bankability; environmental conditions; PV technologies market introduction; geographic location; PV systems; design; reliability; PV-generated electricity; bifacial solar cells; characterisation; bifacial gain; levelized cost

Subjects: Photoelectric conversion; solar cells and arrays; General electrical engineering topics; Handbooks and dictionaries; Reliability; Solar cells and arrays; Solar power stations and photovoltaic power systems; Power system management, operation and economics

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