A simple approach to modeling and simulation of photovoltaic modules

Yousef Mahmoud, W. Xiao, H. H. Zeineldin

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An accurate model is essential when designing photovoltaic (PV) systems. PV models rely on a set of transcendental nonlinear equations which add to the model complexity. This letter proposes a simple and easy-to-model approach for implementation in simulations of PV systems. It takes advantage of the simplicity of ideal models and enhances the accuracy by deriving a mathematical representation, capable of extracting accurate estimates of the model parameters, directly related to manufacturer datasheets. Experimental measurements proved the effectiveness of the proposed approach.

Original languageBritish English
Article number6102290
Pages (from-to)185-186
Number of pages2
JournalIEEE Transactions on Sustainable Energy
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2012


  • Equivalent circuit
  • modeling
  • photovoltaic (PV)


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