Sand and dust accumulation on photovoltaic modules in dry regions

Beattie, Neil, Moir, Robert, Roberts, Simon, Buffoni, Giorgio, Graham, Paul and Pearsall, Nicola (2011) Sand and dust accumulation on photovoltaic modules in dry regions. In: 7th Photovoltaic Science Applications and Technology (PVSAT-7), 6 -8 April 2011, Herriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK.

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The accumulation of sand particles on a horizontal glass surface is found to exponentially reduce the available area for transmission of incident photons. This experimental result is confirmed by numerical and analytical modelling which provides insight relating to the clustering of sand particles on the glass. The results can be used to qualitatively explain photovoltaic field performance data beyond existing theoretical treatments and are the basis of an engineering tool to assist building designers engaged in photovoltaic projects in dry climates.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Subjects: F300 Physics
H100 General Engineering
H600 Electronic and Electrical Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
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Depositing User: Neil Beattie
Date Deposited: 19 Mar 2012 10:29
Last Modified: 17 Dec 2023 12:32

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