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Conference Papers in Energy
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 838536, 4 pages
Conference Paper

Investigations on the Outdoor Performance Characteristics of Multicrystalline Silicon Solar Cell and Module

1SASTRA University, Thanjavur, Tamil Nadu 613401, India
2Centre for Green Energy Technology, Pondicherry University, Puducherry 605014, India

Received 3 January 2013; Accepted 3 April 2013

Academic Editors: P. Agarwal, B. Bhattacharya, U. P. Singh, and B. Sopori

This Conference Paper is based on a presentation given by Sivakumar Parthasarathy at “International Conference on Solar Energy Photovoltaics” held from 19 December 2012 to 21 December 2012 in Bhubaneswar, India.

Copyright © 2013 Sivakumar Parthasarathy et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Multicrystalline silicon solar cell and its module with 18 cells connected in series were mounted on an inclined rack tilted 12° South positioned at latitude of 12.0107° and longitude of 79.856°. Corresponding solar irradiance was measured using an optical Pyranometer. Measured irradiance, open circuit voltage ( ), and short circuit current ( ) values were analyzed. values of both the cell and module were found saturated at above the critical value of illuminations which were different from each other. The integrated daily efficiency for the cell and module were ~10.25% and ~9.39%, respectively, that were less than their respective standard test condition’s value. The reasons for this drop in efficiencies were investigated and reported.