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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2011, Article ID 201752, 9 pages
Research Article

A Framework for Photovoltaic and Thermosiphon Systems

Computer Science Department, Catholic University of Minas Gerais (PUC-Minas), 30535-901 Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil

Received 31 March 2011; Accepted 23 May 2011

Academic Editor: Ugo Mazzucato

Copyright © 2011 Gustavo Guidoni 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.


Pessimistic forecasts are growing in the Brazilian energy scenario demanding the use of renewable sources of energy such as the solar one. As metropolitan regions have become more populous, private and public companies have developed new technologies based on renewable energy sources. In order to supply such demand, new computer techniques have to be developed. This paper presents a framework to assist the developer to model new components and simulate solar energy applications. By applying the framework concepts, such as source code reuse, one can create a complete environment to evaluate solar energy data. The framework supports software development and tool implementation to be used in photovoltaic and thermosiphon processes.