The Complementary of Dye-Sensitized and Amorphous Silicon Photovoltaics in Field Application in the Tropics

Citation:
Otakwa RVM, Simiyu J, Mwabora JM. The Complementary of Dye-Sensitized and Amorphous Silicon Photovoltaics in Field Application in the Tropics. United Kenya Club, Nairobi, 28-29th November 2013; 2013.

Abstract:

The complementarity of the Dye-Sensitized and Amorphous Silicon (a-Si) Photovoltaic (PV) modules has been investigated under different outdoor air mass (AM), irradiance intensity and temperature conditions. The performance of the Dye-Sensitized module (DSM) was investigated in Nairobi, Kenya and its performance compared with that of a-Si modules investigated in Lagos, Nigeria. The DSM’s good response to short wavelength radiation caused it to perform better at increased AM values than what has been reported of a-Si PV modules. On the other hand, studies on a-Si showed that its performance favors low AM conditions. The DSM was also found to generally perform better than what is reported of a-Si under irradiance and temperature dependence, but a-Si PV modules’ performance was reported to be remarkable at increased irradiance conditions. These results show that the Dye-Sensitized and the a-Si technologies complement each other’s performance when subjected to the outdoor field AM, irradiance and temperature conditions. These findings are useful in PV sizing, especially in the Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV) in the tropics.

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