Pearce Publishes on Snowfall and Photovoltaics

Associate Professor Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) coauthored an article, “Prediction of Energy Effects on Photovoltaic Systems Due to Snowfall Events,” in the 2012 38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC).

From Tech Today.

Prediction of energy effects on photovoltaic systems due to snowfall events

The accurate prediction of yields from photovoltaic systems (PV) is critical for their proper operation and financing, and in northern latitudes the effects of snowfall on yield can become significant.

Read more at IEEE Xplore.

Solar power said viable in snowy regions

“Sometimes snow actually helps solar cells,” Michigan Technical University researcher Joshua Pearce said, referring to the albedo effect, when sunlight reflects off snow.