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In this work, the Shockley diode parameters were simulated using the Matlab software package with the solar cell I - V and P - V characteristics in focus. Our model has been based on previous studies while the effects of varying cell temperature, series resistance, Rs ambient irradiation and diode quality factor were put into consideration and the output current and power characteristics of the PV model simulated, all for 10 iterations using the Newton - Raphson algorithm. The effect of shunt is neglected throughout the simulation while the results showed expected trends as reported by previous authors. This work therefore will be very useful for users, especially researchers in this field.
Key words: Photovoltaic, solar cell, Matlab, simulation, photocurrent.
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