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Solar cell temperature on Mars
Centro de Astrobiologia, INTA-CSIC, Madrid.
Luleå University of Technology, Department of Computer Science, Electrical and Space Engineering, Space Technology.
2015 (English)In: Solar Energy, ISSN 0038-092X, E-ISSN 1471-1257, Vol. 118, 74-79 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The operating temperature of a solar cell determines its efficiency and performance. This temperature depends on the materials used to build the cell but also on the environmental variables surrounding it (i.e., radiation, ambient temperature, wind speed and humidity). Several equations have been proposed to calculate this temperature, depending on these variables. Also, for Earth conditions, simplifiedequations have been developed, but are not valid for other planets, as Mars, where the environmental conditions are extremely different.In this paper, we develop a simplified equation to calculate the temperature of a solar cell under Mars environmental conditions and discuss the effect that altitude and wind on Mars might have on the solar cell temperature. The correct determination of the operating temperature of the cell will help to optimize the design of the next solar cell powered rovers for the exploration of Mars.

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2015. Vol. 118, 74-79 p.
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Atmospheric science
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-2780DOI: 10.1016/j.solener.2015.04.035Local ID: 078946de-11d7-4eef-af02-e71911747a5cOAI: diva2:975633
Validerad; 2015; Nivå 2; 20150615 (javmar)Available from: 2016-09-29 Created: 2016-09-29Bibliographically approved

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