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International Conference on Technologies and Materials for Renewable Energy, Environment and
Sustainability, TMREES17, 21-24 April 2017, Beirut Lebanon

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Mohammed Amine Faresa,b,c*, Lotfi Atika,b,c, Ghalem Bachira, Michel Aillerieb,c
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, P. Ferrãoa, J. ofFournier b LDDE, Oran, Algeria. c
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Université de Lorraine, LMOPS-EA 4423, 57070 Metz, France

CentraleSupelec, LMOPS, 57070 Metz, France
IN+ Center for Innovation, Technology and Policy Research - Instituto Superior Técnico, Av. Rovisco Pais 1, 1049-001 Lisbon, Portugal
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Veolia Recherche & Innovation, 291 Avenue Dreyfous Daniel, 78520 Limay, France
Département Systèmes Énergétiques et Environnement - IMT Atlantique, 4 rue Alfred Kastler, 44300 Nantes, France
In the current work, we have analyzed the modeling in MATLAB Script similator and the electrical characterization
of photovoltaic (PV) panels currently commercialized. By taking account the electrical characteristics provided by
the supplier. Using the MATLAB Script simulator we deduce the optimal electrical quantities of the PV panel
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scenarios were developed (shallow, intermediate, deep). To estimate the error, obtained heat demand values were
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in annual demand was lower than 20% for all weather scenarios considered). However, after introducing renovation
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As a result of this understanding, the PV module behavior under different conditions stills of great concern of
photovoltaic research field [1-3]. The overall system should present a good exploitation of photovoltaic cells. To do
this, a modeling and a characterization of the cells are necessary, in order to optimize the operation of photovoltaic
systems [4]. This one can considerably reduce the cost of the PV plant and increase the efficiency of the whole PV
generators [5].
The electrical current produced from a photovoltaic panel depends on the incident solar irradiation, and the
temperature of cells [6]. The manufacturers have typically tend to provide only limited operational data, Such as
open circuit voltage (VOC), short circuit current (ISC), current and maximum power voltage (IOPT, VOPT)...
These data are available only in the standard conditions such as the temperature and the irradiation respectively
(25°C, 1000 W/m²) [7].
To develop applications for basis of photovoltaic cells, it is necessary to understand and control the electrical
characteristics of this element. Several electrical models have been proposed in the literature to represent the
photovoltaic cell [8].
Previous researches have managed to conceive methods to increase PV panel performance [9]. With the modeling
of this one, we can control or change the electrical characteristics of any panel for the purpose of optimizing it.
These ones make the PV panels adaptable to against the climatic variations [10].
In this paper, we have defined a simple model with a single diode applicable to photovoltaic cells. Our objective is
to apply this simple model, which pointing out the possible adaptation with the electrical characteristics current
voltage (I-V) of the manufacturer i.e to obtain a (I-V) characteristic close as to the real case (panel).
This model must be modeled in such a way that all parameters are calculated.


POPT Optimal power.

IOPT Optimal current.
VOPT Optimal voltage.
ISC Short circuit current
VOC Open circuit voltage

2. Basic parameters and model of the specific photovoltaic panel

2.1 Identification of the panel ZT180S

The used panel is Zytech (ZT180S), it is consisted of 72 cells. These ones are of monocrystalline silicon
technology. The following table shows the various parameters of the panel:

Table 1. Characteristics of the panel ZT180S mono.

Panel parameters Nomenclature Values

Optimal power [W] POPT 180
Open circuit voltage [V] VOC 44,71
Optimal voltage [V] VOPT 36,79
Short circuit current [A] ISC 5,53
Optimal current [A] IOPT 4,89
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2.1 Modeling of the PV Panel

The photovoltaic panel is constituted by a set of PV cells mounted in series and parallel generating a nominal
maximum electrical power depending of the photo-energy conversion efficiency of the semiconductor constituting
the cells. A PV cell itself is thus considered as a generator of a photo current IPH depending on external parameters
as the working temperature or orientation of the panel. PV cells are currently represented by the one-diode model, as
shown in Fig. 1 in which are also represented the various parameters of the model [11].

Fig. 1. Equivalent electrical circuit of a photovoltaic cell.

The equation of the currents describing this model is as follows

� � ��� � �� � ��� (1)

When supposing the parallel shunt resistor is not infinite, the shunt current ISH can be calculated by the following

�� ������
��� � � (2)
��� ���

Moreover, the Shockley diode equation is

�� � ���� ���� � � � �� (3)

and the expression of the current supplied by the cell I is defined by

������ ������
� � ��� � ���� ���� � � � �� � (4)
���� ���

knowing that :
ISAT: current on diode (A);
IPH: The photo-generated current;
RS: The series resistor;
RSH: The shunt resistor;
UT: The thermal potential;
A: Ideality factor;

3. Characterization of the photovoltaic panel

This phase consists to determine the descriptive parameters of the model [12] according to the equation (4). To be
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able to establish and generate the (I-V) curves of the photovoltaic model, dispose of certain data is necessary. To
evaluate the five parameters of the equation (4) of the single diode model, five independent information are
necessary. For this, the manufacturer of the photovoltaic panels provides the specific electrical quantities for
photovoltaic panels taken under well-defined conditions. Generally, these ones are a standard conditions i.e
(E=1000W/m² and T = 25°C ). These electrical data consist essentially of : VOC, ICC, IOPT, VOPT, POPT.
In order to use equation (4), we need to know the following main parameters: RS, RSH, IPH, ISAT and A. In this work,
we have used the A. Wagner method. its principle of calcul is presented as follow [13-14]:

Fig. 2. Principle of Alex. Wagner method.

To determinate RS and RSH, it must have two curves taken at different working conditions. we note that the first
short circuit current ISC1 is relative to the curve (A), and the second ISC2 is the one for curve (B).

�� � 0��. ���� (5)

�� � �� ����� � ��� (6)
�� � �� ����� � ��� (7)
�� ���
�� � (8)
���� �����

We suppose that the form factor indicated below on equation (9) is related to the relative quantities for curve (A).

�� ���� .�� ����

�� � (9)
���� .����

�� �f �� � 0.�
f� � � (10)
else 2.2. 10�� . e�� ��
I��� → I��� � f� . I��� (11)
V��� → V��� � V��� (12)
I� ��� � → I� ���� � f� . I� ���� (13)
V� ���� → V� ��� � � V� ���� (14)
�I � 0��. I��� (15)
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V� � V� �I��� � �I� (16)

V� � V� �I��� � �I� (17)

Finally, the shunt resistor RSH can be determined by the following equation:
R �� � (18)
���� ���

knowing that:

I� � ����� I��� (19)

Finally, we found for RS and RSH: RS = 0,7772 Ω and RSH = 476,9 Ω. Following the calculation of these two values,
it is possible to determine the ideality factor and the saturation current equal to A=137.0686 and Io=1.9481e-6 A,

4. Electricals characterization of the photovoltaic panel under variable climatic conditions

To obtain the curves of the PV panel electrical characteristics, we have evaluated the proposed model from a
program developed under (MATLAB Script) according to the equation (4). After calculate the unknown parameters
that are not given by the manufacturer such as (RS, RSH, A, ISAT). Therefore as presented in Ref.[15], we can easily
represent the I/V curves identical according to the equivalent model of the Zaytech 180S panel.

4.1 Case of variable irradiation at fixed temperature

In the first case, we consider a change in the irradiation conditions as for example, that induced by a linear
variation on the short-circuit current ISC as a function of the irradiation ES. The temperature is maintained constant at
25°C. This variation is shown on Fig.3a and Fig.3b shows the reaction of the PV panel due to this effect.

(a) (b)

Fig. 3. (a) Variation of the short circuit current as function of the irradiation, (b) The influence of the irradiation on the I-V characteristic

We observe that the obtained (I-V) characteristics curves are proportional to the illumination variations, i.e. low
irradiation ES lead to a decrease in the short circuit current ISC as indicated above on Fig. 3a. This evolution is made
of a linear model as observed on the same figure.
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4.2 Case of variable temperature at fixed irradiation

In this case, we proposed the simulation under temperature changes with a constant illumination at 1000 W/m².
Figure 3.b shows the (I-V) characteristics current-voltage obtained at the same condition. Figure 4.a shows the linear
behavior of the open circuit voltage VOC as function of the temperature T.

The open circuit voltage VOC is inversely proportional to the temperature. A rise in temperature produces a
decrease in the voltage as shown on Fig. 3a. We note that the temperature has a negligible influence on the Short
circuit current value ISC. Otherwise, the open-circuit voltage VOC decrease strongly enough when temperature

5. Comparison of the obtained results with the manufacturer ones

At this part, we propose that the obtained results will be examined by a comparison with the results given by
the manufacturer. The test is done on the same figure i.e, the (I/V) curve one. The C1 curve is the obtained
simulation result according to the equation (4). As well as, the C2 curve is the manufacturer one. The comparison
was performed under same standard conditions that below.

Fig. 4. Comparison between the two curves at 20% of the irradiation

We note that the curves are very identical. The incertitude is inconsiderable. To evaluate this gap, we introduce the
average mean square error RMSE.

The calculation of the average mean square error, RMSE is obtained using the following formula:

���� � �∑ (20)

�������� �� ���� � ������ �ith Yp, the measured value and Yr, the obtained simulation value.

The same work was done for other irradiation values with the fixed temperature 25°C. The figures below illustrate
the obtained various results.
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Fig. 5. Comparison between the two curves at 60% of the irradiation

The obtained RMSE in this case is: ܴ‫ ܧܵܯ‬ൌ ͲǡͲ͵ͳͳ

Fig. 6. Comparison between the two curves at 100% of the irradiation

The obtained RMSE in this case is: ܴ‫ ܧܵܯ‬ൌ ͲǡͲ͸Ͷ͵

Under these irradiation conditions test on the PV system, we note that the (I-V) curves are proportional with the
irradiation change. we also note that the obtained (I-V) curve by modelling C1 is almost identical with the
manufacturer curve, although, there is a very small gap but it is negligible. The RMSE formula was a solution to
calculate this incertitude with a precision.
Further to the simulation result under MATLAB Script according to the equation (4), the calcul of RMSE for
various values of the irradiation has given the acceptable values.

4. Conclusion

The modelling and characterization of the photovoltaic module is an essential step in the choice of a photovoltaic
technology and in the sizing of the generator. For this reason, we have analysed and presented the main
characteristics of PV panel obtained under MATLAB Script simulator, in order to describe the true behaviour of the
PV panel under variable and pertinent climatic conditions. By the obtained characteristics, we can conclude that the
variation levels of the irradiation and/or temperature induce relatively large variations in electrical characteristics
that we have quantified. To confirm the validity of the model developed in the current study, we have tested it with
various input parameters as various values of irradiation allowing us to obtain a set of pertinent and pratical curves.
We have pointed that it is always interesting to compare experimental characteristics with those provided by the
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manufacturer of the panel under the same figure but in true conditions. Finally, in the current study, both results are
almost quite identical. The RMSE formula was a solution to have a precise value of the incertitude. The results show
that the model implemented under specific software development is relatively close to the ZYTECH PV panel


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