Analysis of Aurora's Performance Simulation Engine for Three Systems

Research output: NRELTechnical Report


Aurora Solar Inc. is building a cloud-based optimization platform to automate the design, engineering, and permit generation process of solar photovoltaic (PV) installations. They requested that the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) validate the performance of the PV system performance simulation engine of Aurora Solar's solar design platform, Aurora. In previous work, NREL performed a validation of multiple other PV modeling tools [1], so this study builds upon that work by examining all of the same fixed-tilt systems with available module datasheets that NREL selected and used in the aforementioned study. Aurora Solar set up these three operating PV systems in their modeling platform using NREL-provided system specifications and concurrent weather data. NREL then verified the setup of these systems, ran the simulations, and compared the predicted performance data that Aurora provided to measured performance data for those three systems, as well as to performance data predicted by other PV modeling tools.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2015

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/TP-7A40-64213


  • Aurora
  • DOE
  • incubator
  • PV modeling
  • SunShot


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