An 18 kW solar array research facility for fault detection experiments

Sunil Rao, David Ramirez, Henry Braun, Jongmin Lee, Cihan Tepedelenlioglu, Elias Kyriakides, Devarajan Srinivasan, Jeffrey Frye, Shinji Koizumi, Yoshitaka Morimoto, Andreas Spanias

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Abstract

Monitoring utility-scale solar arrays was shown to minimize cost of maintenance and help optimize the performance of the array under various conditions. In this paper, we describe the design of an 18 kW experimental facility that consists of 104 panels fitted with smart monitoring devices. Each of these devices embeds sensors, wireless transceivers, and relays that enable continuous monitoring, fault detection, and real-time connection topology changes. The facility enables networked data exchanges via the use of wireless data sharing with servers, fusion and control centers, and mobile devices. Research planned at this stage includes developing machine learning methods for fault detection. Preliminary simulation results on fault detection using machine learning are given in this paper.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 18th Mediterranean Electrotechnical Conference: Intelligent and Efficient Technologies and Services for the Citizen, MELECON 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781509000579
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 20 2016
Event18th Mediterranean Electrotechnical Conference, MELECON 2016 - Limassol, Cyprus
Duration: Apr 18 2016Apr 20 2016

Other

Other18th Mediterranean Electrotechnical Conference, MELECON 2016
CountryCyprus
CityLimassol
Period4/18/164/20/16

Keywords

  • Machine learning
  • Photovoltaics(PV)
  • Solar Panel Monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Automotive Engineering

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    Rao, S., Ramirez, D., Braun, H., Lee, J., Tepedelenlioglu, C., Kyriakides, E., Srinivasan, D., Frye, J., Koizumi, S., Morimoto, Y., & Spanias, A. (2016). An 18 kW solar array research facility for fault detection experiments. In Proceedings of the 18th Mediterranean Electrotechnical Conference: Intelligent and Efficient Technologies and Services for the Citizen, MELECON 2016 [7495369] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/MELCON.2016.7495369