Calculating the Output Power of Photovoltaic Cells on Top of Electric and Hybrid Electric Vehicles

Christian Schuss, Tapio Fabritius, Bernd Eichberger, Timo Rahkonen

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    Abstract

    This paper investigates the potential output power of a photovoltaic (PV) installation on top of battery-powered electric vehicles (BEVs) and hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs). Firstly, we discuss the available area on the roof of BEVs and HEVs for deploying PV cells. Secondly, we verify the impact of the curved surface on the available output power of photovoltaics. Furthermore, we discuss the impact of the curved surface and the ambient conditions on the possible alignment of PV cells. Here, we present a method of calculating the effective area of PV cells, useful for PV simulation models and calculating the available output power of PV cells with different longitudinal angles. Finally, we verify our method within experiments and present the results of them, showing that the model predicts the output power of PV cells with an accuracy better than 2.5%
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publication 2019 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference (I2MTC)
    PublisherIEEE Xplore
    Number of pages6
    ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5386-3460-8
    ISBN (Print)978-1-5386-3461-5
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 23 May 2019
    Event2019 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology - Auckland, New Zealand
    Duration: 20 May 201923 May 2019

    Conference

    Conference2019 IEEE International Instrumentation and Measurement Technology
    Abbreviated titleI2MTC
    CountryNew Zealand
    CityAuckland
    Period20/05/1923/05/19

    Fields of Expertise

    • Mobility & Production

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