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A power and energy procedure in operating photovoltaic systems to quantify the losses according to the causes

Spertino, F. and Ciocia, A. and Di Leo, P. and Tommasini, R. and Berardone, Irene and Corrado, Mauro and Infuso, Andrea and Paggi, Marco A power and energy procedure in operating photovoltaic systems to quantify the losses according to the causes. Solar Energy, 118. pp. 313-326. ISSN 0038-092X (2015)

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Recently, after high feed-in tariffs in Italy, retroactive cuts in the energy payments have generated economic concern about several grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) systems with poor performance. In this paper the proposed procedure suggests some rules for determining the sources of losses and thus minimizing poor performance in the energy production. The on-site field inspection, the identification of the irradiance sensors, as close as possible the PV system, and the assessment of energy production are three preliminary steps which do not require experimental tests. The fourth step is to test the arrays of PV modules on-site. The fifth step is to test only the PV strings or single modules belonging to arrays with poor performance (e.g., I-V mismatch). The sixth step is to use the thermo-graphic camera and the electroluminescence at the PV-module level. The seventh step is to monitor the DC racks of each inverter or the individual inverter, if equipped with only one Maximum Power Point Tracker (MPPT). Experimental results on real PV systems show the effectiveness of this procedure.

Item Type: Article
Identification Number: 10.1016/j.solener.2015.05.033
Projects: ERC StG CA2PVM (GA 306622), FIRB Future in Research 2010 (RBFR107AKG)
Funders: European Research Council, Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research
Subjects: Q Science > Q Science (General)
Research Area: Computer Science and Applications
Depositing User: Prof Marco Paggi
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2015 12:59
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2017 14:19
URI: http://eprints.imtlucca.it/id/eprint/2709

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