Si Solar Cell with Ray Optics

Application ID: 36201

This app demonstrates the following:

  • Multiple components (1D and 3D) in a single app
  • Using the same choice list in the app as in the model using Data Access functionality
  • Output numerical results for a specific time step using a combo box

The app combines the Ray Optics Module and the Semiconductor Module to illustrate the operation of a silicon solar cell at a location specified by the user. The Ray Optics Module computes the average illumination over a day of the year. The Semiconductor Module computes the normalized output characteristics of a solar cell with design parameters specified by the user. The normalized output characteristics is then multiplied by the computed average illumination to obtain the output characteristics of the cell at the specified date and location, assuming simple linear relationship between the output and the illumination.

This application example illustrates applications of this type that would nominally be built using the following products: