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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2015, Article ID 872163, 8 pages
Research Article

Analytical Modelling of High Concentrator Photovoltaic Modules Based on Atmospheric Parameters

1Environment and Sustainability Institute, University of Exeter, Penryn, Cornwall TR10 9EZ, UK
2Centro de Investigación en Tecnoloxías da Información (CITIUS), University of Santiago de Compostela, Santiago de Compostela E15782, Spain
3Centro de Estudios Avanzados en Energia y Medio Ambiente (CEAEMA), University of Jaen, Campus las Lagunillas, Jaen 23071, Spain

Received 29 October 2014; Accepted 21 December 2014

Academic Editor: Paolo Fornasiero

Copyright © 2015 Eduardo F. Fernández 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.


The goal of this paper is to introduce a model to predict the maximum power of a high concentrator photovoltaic module. The model is based on simple mathematical expressions and atmospheric parameters. The maximum power of a HCPV module is estimated as a function of direct normal irradiance, cell temperature, and two spectral corrections based on air mass and aerosol optical depth. In order to check the quality of the model, a HCPV module was measured during one year at a wide range of operating conditions. The new proposed model shows an adequate match between actual and estimated data with a root mean square error (RMSE) of 2.67%, a mean absolute error (MAE) of 4.23 W, a mean bias error (MBE) of around 0%, and a determination coefficient () of 0.99.