Suppers, J., & Apperley, M. (2017). Interactive solar panel simulation tool - from GHI to PV output. In C. Beckmann & T. Gross (Eds.), INTERACT 2015 Adjunct Proceedings: Fostering Smart Energy Applications Workshop (pp. 633–642). Bamberg, Germany: University of Bamberg Press.
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The production and integration of solar panels is steadily growing in New Zealand and worldwide. The most common way to install solar panels in New Zealand is flat on top of the most north-facing roof. This method is used as it is space efficient, reduces mounting costs and will capture most of the sun’s movement throughout the day. New Zealand homes typically have a small roof pitch. This means an installed solar panel will have a low tilt, allowing for best input in summer. However, this may not be the best result for individuals, as they may want a different outcome such as: maximum energy output in winter, maximum yearly output or a balanced output throughout each month. This paper describes a solar panel tool, which has been developed to enable users to explore interactively the impact on electricity production based on the orientation of the panels.
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