September 22, 2022 10:00–16:00 CEST

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COMSOL Day: Solar & Wind

See what is possible with multiphysics simulation

In addition to concerns about climate change, political and economic processes are now generating enormous momentum in the global push to transition to sustainable energy technologies. Deployment goals are set high, and to achieve them, production increases and efficiency improvements are necessary — especially for two key technologies, solar and wind energy.

Simulation is used to streamline the development and optimization of solar and wind energy technologies. Simulation models enable a deeper understanding of sustainable energy system components and accurately predict performance. They also foster innovation by enabling low-cost, rapid testing of new ideas. The COMSOL Multiphysics® simulation software helps you create multiphysics-based, highly accurate models of solar cell processes, electrical contacts, and thermal management. You can also use the software's multiphysics capabilities to model lightning protection systems, generators, and submarine cables for wind turbines. COMSOL Multiphysics® also makes it easy to analyze the environmental effects, including solar radiation, wind, and corrosion, on these devices.

At COMSOL Day: Solar and Wind, you will learn more about the COMSOL® software's capabilities and simulation workflows from application engineers. You will also gain insight from experienced keynote speakers into practical implementations in research and development. We will also demonstrate a modeling workflow that allows team members from multiple departments to collaborate with simulation engineers.



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To start, we will briefly discuss the format of the day and go over the logistics for using GoToWebinar.

Modeling Trends in Solar and Wind Energy
Keynote Speaker
FEM Simulations of Solar Energy Systems: from Solar Cells to PV Modules, Batteries, and Heat Exchangers

FEM Simulations of Solar Energy Systems: from Solar Cells to PV Modules, Batteries, and Heat Exchangers

Dr.-Ing. Andreas Beinert, Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

In this session, we will present finite element method (FEM) simulations done at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE along the value chain of photovoltaic (PV) systems. We will begin with wet chemical processes in solar cell production and continue with screen printing of solar cells before we examine PV module production processes. At the PV system level, we will use simulation to investigate the wind load on PV power plants and optimize the PV module frame for stability. Because energy storage is an important aspect of the energy transition, we will also optimize battery pack interconnection and investigate the effects of loading on battery packs. Finally, we will optimize heat exchange in adsorption modules and heat exchangers.

Parallel Session
Analyzing Solar Cell Designs at the Semiconductor Scale
Lightning Protection for Wind Turbines
Break for Lunch
Keynote Speaker
Parallel Session
Solar Radiation Modeling

Solar radiation is an important renewable energy source that can generate electricity via photovoltaic (PV) cells or concentrated solar power (CSP) systems. Sunlight can also be redirected into buildings to provide an energy-efficient, natural indoor light source.

In this session, we will discuss the use of COMSOL Multiphysics® to model the reflection, focusing, scattering, and obstruction of sunlight. In the COMSOL® software, sunlight propagation can either be modeled using a ray optics approach, where individual light rays may be tracked as they reflect and refract at surfaces, or it may be formulated as a heat transfer model where the view factors between different surfaces are used to compute the radiosity and temperature. In this session, we will explain the implicit assumptions in both approaches and provide some examples of each.

Electric Cables and Transmission Lines
Keynote Speaker
Parallel Session
Power Electronics
Concluding Remarks

COMSOL Speakers

Thorsten Koch
Managing Director, Germany

Thorsten Koch is the managing director of Comsol Multiphysics GmbH. There, he worked as an applications engineer and was a member of the development team. He holds degrees in physics and applied mathematics, completing his PhD studies on 3D contractility measurements of living cells at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg.

Phillip Oberdorfer
Technical Marketing Manager

Phillip Oberdorfer is a technical marketing manager at Comsol Multiphysics GmbH in Göttingen. He organizes, moderates, and speaks at events on the topic of multiphysics simulation and simulation apps. Phillip has experience in CFD, heat transfer, and geophysics, and received his PhD from the University of Göttingen.

Julia Fricke
Marketing Manager

Julia Fricke is the marketing manager at Comsol Multiphysics GmbH in Göttingen, Germany, and has been with COMSOL since 2011. She oversees marketing in Germany and Austria.

Philipp Buchsteiner
Applications Engineer

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Invited Speakers

Dr.-Ing. Andreas Beinert Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE

Andreas Beinert studied physics at the University of Freiburg, followed by his dissertation "Thermomechanical Design Rules for the Development of Photovoltaic Modules", which was completed at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) and conducted at Fraunhofer ISE. Since 2021 he has been head of the Finite Element Methods team at Fraunhofer ISE. His work involves thermomechanical and multiphysical FEM analyses of PV modules as well as their components and mounting structures, CFD wind simulations of PV power plants, and FEM simulations of battery interconnection. His work also includes root cause analysis using FEM, stress measurement techniques, and mechanical material characterization.