Welcome to bifacialvf’s documentation!

bifacialvf is a NREL supported tool that provides a set of functions and casses for simulating the performance of bifacial PV systems through view factor method.

The intended audience ranges from PV performance researchers, Engineering Procurement Construction (EPC) companies, installers, investors, consumers and analysts of the PV industry interested in predicting and evaluating bifacial photovoltaic systems.

The source code for bifacial_radiance is hosted on github.

Please see the Installation page for installation help.

Citing bifacialvf

Many of the contributors to bifacial_radiance work in institutions where citation metrics are used in performance or career evaluations. If you use bifacial_radiance in a published work, please cite:

Marion, Bill, MacAlpine, S, Deline, Chris, Asgharzadeh, Amir, Toor, Fatima, Riley, D., Stein, Joshua S., Hansen, C. A practical Irradiance Model for Bifacial PV Modules. 2017 IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, Washington DC, 2017. URL: https://www.nrel.gov/docs/fy17osti/67847.pdf

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