PV Basics


"Centrales photovoltaïques : Guide pour le dimensionnement et la réalisation de projets, à l'usage des bureaux d'ingénieurs", Jean-Marc Cottier, Jean Graf, André Mermoud, Michel Villoz, cours PACER, 1996.

 

"Installations photovoltaïques autonomes: Guide pour le dimensionnement et la réalisation", Jean-Marc Cottier, Jean Graf, André Mermoud, Michel Villoz, cours PACER / DDC, 1998.


You can also consult a basic technical book for engineers:


"Solar Photovoltaics", Anne Labouret and Michel Villoz, Paperback, published in October 2010, Institute of Engineering and Technology, ISBN-10: 1849191549, ISBN-13: 9781849191548.

 

"Energie solaire photovoltaïque", Anne Labouret et Michel Villoz, collection Technique et Ingénierie, publié en 2009, 4ème édition, EAN13 : 9782100522002.

 

"Energía solar fotovoltaica : manual práctico", Anne Labouret y Michel Villoz, Paperback, publicado en el mes de diciembre 2006, ISBN-10: 8496709000, ISBN-13: 978-8496709003.


"Construire écolo pour une maison économe en énergie", Michel Villoz, hors collection Dunod, 2007.

(220 pages), EAN13: 9782100505463.

 

Software evaluation

 

We measured and carefully analyzed a 10 kW installation of amorphous modules. However, the document is only available in French: "Installation Photovoltaïque de l'Ecode d'Aïre: Analyse des données de fonctionnement, comparaisons avec le logiciel PVsyst", André Mermoud (University of Geneva) and Richard Durot (ZAG Solar), February 2009.

 

The PHOTON laboratory has analyzed and tested about 20 softwares available on the market for the study of PV system yields. This analysis was published in several editions of PHOTON Magazine (that are in German and Spanish see April 2011, in Italian and French see May 2011).

PHOTON has used 3 monitored PV installations for the assessment of the yield prediction of each program. Yet we found that the reference irradiance data were not well measured, and this casts doubt on PHOTON's conclusions.


Note on the sensors’ calibration at three sites in Northern Germany used for Photon Magazine’s comparison of photovoltaic simulation softwares

Pierre Ineichen, University of Geneva, May 2011

 

Note about the PHOTON simulation software survey - 2011 (English)
Note sur le comparatif de programmes de simulation PV de PHOTON (French)

André Mermoud, University of Geneva, June 2011

 

Irradiation models

 

"Five satellite products deriving beam and global irradiance validation on data from 23 ground stations (IEA)", Pierre Ineichen, 2011,
Research report of the Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva.

 

"Global irradiance on tilted and oriented planes: model validations", Pierre Ineichen, 2011,
Research report of the Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva.

 

"Global irradiation: average and typical year, and year to year annual variability", Pierre Ineichen, 2011,
Research report of the Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva.

 
 

Physical models

 

"Optimization of row-arrangement in PV Systems, shading loss evaluations according to module positioning and connexions", André Mermoud, 2012.
Poster presented at the 27th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, Frankfurt, Germany, 24-28 Septembre 2012.

 

"Performance assessment of a simulation model for PV modules of any available technology", André Mermoud  and Thibault Lejeune, 2010,
Poster presented at the 25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC), Valencia, Spain, 6-10 September 2010.

 

"Conception et Dimensionnement de Systèmes Photovoltaïques : Introduction des Modules PV en couches minces dans le logiciel PVsyst", André Mermoud, 2005,
Research report of the Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva.

 

"Software Modeling of FLATCON© CPV Systems", Tobias Gerstmaier, Sascha van Riesen, Andreas Gombert, André Mermoud, Thibault Lejeune, Eric Duminil, 2010,

Poster presented at the "6th International Conference on Concentrating Photovoltaic Systems: CPV-6", AIP Conference Proceedings, Volume 1277, pp. 183-186.

 

"Partial shadings on PV arrays: by-pass diode benefits analysis", André Mermoud and Thibault Lejeune, 2010,
Poster presented at the  25th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC), Valencia, Spain, 6-10 September 2010.

 

"Pump behavior modelling for use in a general simulation software", André Mermoud, 2004,
Poster presented at the 19th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition (EU PVSEC), Paris, France, 7-11 June 2004.

 

"Technico-economical Optimization of Photovoltaic Pumping Systems Pedagogic and Simulation Tool Implementation in the PVsyst Software", André Mermoud, 2006
Research report of the Institute for Environmental Sciences, University of Geneva.