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Interactive simulation of silicon solar cells
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ECN Solar Energy 1997
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ECN-RX--97-027 Article (scientific)
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Published in: Paper, presented at the 14th European photovoltaic solar energy conference and exhibition, 30 June - 4 July 1997, Barcelona, Spa (), , , Vol., p.-.

We have developed an interactive user interface to a 1-D simulation ofcrystalline silicon solar cells. Its operation is similar to computer games such as flight simulators. The user is presented with screens displaying output characteristics of the simulated solar cell, for example I-V curve, spectral response, optical reflection and transmission. The user can change the inputs to the simulation in an intuitive way, typically with sliders and the mouse. As soon as the user changes the setting of a control, a simulation run is done and the output results are updated. The response is immediate because both the hardware and the simulation are fast. The direct interaction with the simulation makes it much easier for the user to explore the characteristics of the model and obtain a feeling for the importance and interaction of the input parameters. This is especially attractive for educational purposes. Optimisation- and inverse modelling can be performed easily, making the software attractive for diverse design and modelling tasks. 5 figs., 13 refs.

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