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The effects of ice/snow on bifacial photovoltaic power output

Publicerad 2021-12-13

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Beskrivning av examensarbetet
In the Nordic countries, there are usually snow and ice events occurring during the winter. This is an important parameter to consider when analysing the performance of a photovoltaic system. Therefore, studying how ice/snow affects the power output of photovoltaic systems is a must. In Kärrbo Prästgård, an agrivoltaic system has been recently installed with vertically tilted and east-west oriented bifacial PV modules, a reference conventional ground mounted bifacial PV system is also installed. During the winter period, it is important to understand how the power output is affected by snow and ice in vertical systems as compared to conventionally tilted/oriented PV systems. More info can be found here:
The thesis aims on finding relevant and up to date literature to understand and evaluate the effects of ice/snow on both monofacial and bifacial photovoltaic systems. The thesis should investigate how the power output of the bifacial systems installed at Kärrbo Prästgård are affected during days with ice/snow with the available data from the actual systems. Additionally, the thesis should include characterization i.e., through field-experiments, imaging, and simulations of the ice/snow that appears on the photovoltaic system and how this affects the photovoltaic yield of different system configurations.
It can be adapted for 15HP and 30 HP.
Kontaktperson/Contact person:
Sebastian Zainali,
Silvia Ma Lu,
Bengt Stridh,
Pietro Elia Campana,

Silvia Ma Lu


Mälardalen University


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