Side-by-Side Comparison of Subhourly Clipping Models: Preprint

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Over the past several years there have been numerous attempts at quantifying the inherent power clipping of inverters due to inter-hourly irradiance variability that is not captured in hourly PV performance models. Different models have been proposed to correct for these clipping losses in PV performance estimates, including matrix lookup models, distribution modeling of the PV power performance within a given hour, and machine learning methods. To date, there have been few comprehensive quantitative comparisons of these inverter clipping correction modeling approaches to evaluate the effectiveness of said approaches in predicting the actual behavior of PV system inverter clipping. In this study, we perform such a comparison, evaluating two different clipping correction loss modeling approaches recently implemented in the System Advisor Model (SAM) against clipping losses modeled with 1-minute climate data. These comparisons will be performed across a variety of climate locations and inverter loading ratios to thoroughly analyze the effectiveness of these modeling approaches relative to each other. Results from this analysis reveal that both clipping correction approaches improve annual energy accuracy to within 2% of 1-minute modeled energy yield. The models can improve accuracy up to 3% in systems with ILR of 2.0, showing the importance of this modeling factor in energy yield estimates.
Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages9
StatePublished - 2024
EventPhotovoltaic Specialists Conference - Seattle, Washington
Duration: 9 Jun 202414 Jun 2024


ConferencePhotovoltaic Specialists Conference
CitySeattle, Washington

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-7A40-90054


  • clipping
  • photovoltaics
  • PV modeling


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