Articles | Volume 17
24 Jul 2020
 | 24 Jul 2020

Dynamic model of photovoltaic module temperature as a function of atmospheric conditions

James Barry, Dirk Böttcher, Klaus Pfeilsticker, Anna Herman-Czezuch, Nicola Kimiaie, Stefanie Meilinger, Christopher Schirrmeister, Hartwig Deneke, Jonas Witthuhn, and Felix Gödde

Related authors

Irradiance and cloud optical properties from solar photovoltaic systems
James Barry, Stefanie Meilinger, Klaus Pfeilsticker, Anna Herman-Czezuch, Nicola Kimiaie, Christopher Schirrmeister, Rone Yousif, Tina Buchmann, Johannes Grabenstein, Hartwig Deneke, Jonas Witthuhn, Claudia Emde, Felix Gödde, Bernhard Mayer, Leonhard Scheck, Marion Schroedter-Homscheidt, Philipp Hofbauer, and Matthias Struck
Atmos. Meas. Tech., 16, 4975–5007,,, 2023
Short summary

Cited articles

Barry, J., Böttcher, D., Pfeilsticker, K., Herman-Czezuch, A., Kimiaie, N., Meilinger, S., Schirrmeister, C., Deneke, H., Witthuhn, J., and Gödde, F.: Supplement to “Dynamic model of photovoltaic module temperature as a function of atmospheric conditions” (Version 1), Zenodo,, 2020.  a
Del Cueto, J. A.: Model for the thermal characteristics of flat-plate photovoltaic modules deployed at fixed tilt, Conference Record of the Twenty-Eighth IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference – 2000, 15–22 September 2000, Anchorage, AK, USA, 1441–1445,, 2000. a
Faiman, D.: Assessing the Outdoor Operating Temperature of Photovoltaic Modules, Prog. Photovoltaics, 16, 307–315,, 2008. a, b
Fuentes, M. K.: A Simplified Thermal Model for Flat-Plate Photovoltaic Arrays, Tech. rep., Sandia National Labs, Albuquerque, NM, USA, available at: (last access: 24 July 2020), 1987. a, b
Gu, W., Ma, T., Shen, L., Li, M., Zhang, Y., and Zhang, W.: Coupled electrical-thermal modelling of photovoltaic modules under dynamic conditions, Energy, 188, 116043,, 2019. a, b
Short summary
The power output of solar photovoltaic (PV) modules depends largely upon incident solar radiation as well as PV module temperature. Although irradiance can fluctuate rapidly under broken cloud conditions, module temperature is subject to latency due to the solar panel's heat capacity. In order to reconcile this difference a simple four-parameter model is successfully employed to describe the dynamics of PV module temperature as a function of atmospheric conditions.