Clear Sky Detection
This notebook is capable of detecting clear sky occurance base on performance data fielded PV systems. The code has been vetted against test data sets and against operation PV arrays. Test data can be aquired via the data hub. The code can also be run against query results from the PV Reliability and Durability databse.
Degradation Mode Analysis
These iPython notebooks have all been designed around a data set privided by NREL that contains information on solar modules / systems and their observed degraadation modes. This public dataset resides on the Duramat Datahub available in the dataset "Compendium of photovoltaic degradation rates".
Photovoltaic Climate Stressors and Zones
Environmental stress determines the degradation rates and modes for a solar photovoltaic (PV) system. This page shows environmental stressors for PV. By choosing thresholds on temperature and humidity, we define photovoltaic climate zones (PVCZ), showing which locations are expected to show higher degradation rates for PV.
Photovoltaic String Calculator
This tool predicts the maximum open circuit voltage (Voc) expected to occur for modules in a solar installation at a particular location. One application of this tool is to determine optimal string sizes in accordance with National Electric Code (NEC) standards.
RdTools is a set of Python scripts and software for analysis of photovoltaic time-series data. The open-source tools were developed in collaboration with industry to bring together best practices and years of degradation research from NREL. Although the toolkit can be used for many useful PV analysis purposes, the primary use is to evaluate degradation rates over time.