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Sandia’s photovoltaic performance and modeling workshop takes place in November 2023

July 7, 2023 10:00 am Published by

Proposals sought for PV Performance Modeling Collaborative sessions

Sandia National Laboratories’ PV Performance Modeling Collaborative (PVPMC) will hold its European Workshop Nov. 8–9, 2023.

SUPSI PVLab will host the event at the campus of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland in Mendrisio, Switzerland. The event will examine the technical challenges and opportunities related to PV performance modeling, and the digitalization of the PV sector, with a specific focus on ground-mounted and building-integrated photovoltaic systems.

This year, researchers and operators working on all aspects of PV performance modeling will gather to discuss an assortment of PV modeling subjects, including focus sessions on digital twins (DT). DTs are digitalized representations or models of real systems that include simulated performance. Participants will share their DT experiences and discuss the challenges related to the introduction of DT into the PV sector. PVPMC envisions a robust exchange with building sector stakeholders to identify synergies and needs in the field of DT development.  

PVPMC is currently soliciting presentation proposals from the PV community and experts experienced in PV performance modeling and DT. Those with approaches, new data or other interesting results should consider submitting a short abstract to present at the workshop. Sessions will be defined depending on the received abstracts.

Possible topics include:

  • Solar resource and site assessment
  • Modeling tool updates
  • Designing DT of a PV system, including 3D modeling of system
  • Models or DT supporting construction/commissioning/decommissioning of PV systems
  • Yield simulations of real systems based on DT
  • Data analytics for differentiating individual performance losses and failures
  • Tracking performance changes over PV system lifetime
  • Standardization of PV component metadata
  • Data standards and availability for PV systems
  • Challenges of DTs in the PV sector
  • Synergies between the PV and building sectors

Those interested in submitting an abstract must include a title, author list, organization name and a brief technical description with a 300-word maximum and one optional figure. Send proposals to Joshua Stein (

The deadline for abstracts is Aug. 25, 2023.

Visit PVPMC for more information and workshop updates.

For questions, contact Joshua Stein.

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