PV Model Validation using Measured Performance Data, December 2013

The PV Model Validation using Measured Performance Data webinar was presented on December 11, 2013. It describes NREL's analysis comparing SAM photovoltaic performance model simulation results to performance measurements of nine installed photovoltaic systems.

The webinar consists of one video:

  • PV Model Validation using Measured Performance Data (YouTube)

Presentation slides (PDF 1.1 MB)

The webinar is based on the work described in the following NREL publication:

Freeman, J., Whitmore, J., Kaffine, L., Blair, N., Dobos, A.. (2013). System Advisor Model: Flat Plate Photovoltaic Performance Modeling Validation Report. National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL/TP-6A20-60204. (PDF 4.3 MB)

For documentation of other similar analyses, see the Case Studies and Validation page.

In the question-and-answer session at the end of the webinar, we mentioned research on the accuracy of simulation results based on typical-year weather data. This study is a good overview with references to other work that you can explore as well. The study described in the following publication was done for modeling CSP systems but has information about weather data that also applies to modeling flat plate solar technologies:

Sengupta, M.; Habte, A.; Kurtz, S.; Dobos, A.; Wilbert, S.; Lorenz, E.; Stoffel, T.; Renne, D.; Myers, D.; Wilcox, S.; Blanc, P.; Perez, R. (2015). "Best Practices Handbook for the Collection and Use of Solar Resource Data for Solar Energy Applications." NREL Report No. TP-5D00-63112. (PDF 8.9 MB)

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