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Predicting the output of the Solar Probe Plus (SPP) solar array presents unique challenges as the array operates at very high temperatures and irradiances, and has a water-cooled substrate. A further complication arises because, close to perihelion, each string operates at an irradiance and temperature different from the other strings. This paper provides the methodology and results for computing the output of the array over a range of irradiances from zero to seventy suns, temperatures from -80°C to 164°C, and angle ...
Published by: 2014 IEEE 40th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2014 Published on:
The NASA Solar Probe Plus (SPP) mission will fly into and study the Sun s corona, reaching as close as 8.5 solar radii from the surface of the Sun. Power generation for the spacecraft will be provided by two solar array wings, which are being designed and built by Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and Emcore Photovoltaics. SPP will get closer to the Sun than any previous mission, and the solar array will therefore need to operate reliably under unusually high irradiances, temperatures, and angles of inciden ...
Published by: Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference Published on: