Determining Outdoor CPV Cell Temperature: Preprint

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An accurate method is needed for determining cell temperature when measuring CPV modules outdoors. It has been suggested that cell temperature can be calculated though a procedure that shutters sunlight to the cells while measuring the transients in open-circuit voltage (Voc) and heat sink temperature. This paper documents application of this shutter procedure to multiple CPV modules at NREL. Thechallenges and limitations are presented along with an alternate approach to measuring CPV cell operating temperature.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages6
StatePublished - 2011
Event7th International Conference on Concentrating Photovoltaic Systems (CPV-7) - Las Vegas, Nevada
Duration: 4 Apr 20116 Apr 2011


Conference7th International Conference on Concentrating Photovoltaic Systems (CPV-7)
CityLas Vegas, Nevada

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5200-51338


  • cells
  • CPV
  • IEC
  • power
  • ratings
  • solar
  • temperature


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