An overview of SMUD'S outdoor photovoltaic test program at Arizona state university

B. Raghuraman, V. Lakshman, J. Kuitche, W. Shisler, G. Tamizhmani, H. Kapoor

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    21 Scopus citations

    Abstract

    In 2005, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) increased the number of grid-connected PV systems to approximately 1050 leading to an installed capacity of over 10 MWac. As the only independent accredited design qualification laboratory in the United States, the Photovoltaic Testing Laboratory at Arizona State University (ASU-PTL) provides an independent performance data to SMUD verifying manufacturers' data. In addition to obtaining the initial performance data, this SMUD-ASU program conducts several reliability and durability evaluations through long-term outdoor testing and accelerated indoor testing. This reliability evaluation program provides information on the predicted performance degradation per year, expected seasonal performance fluctuation and susceptibility to known failure mechanisms. This paper presents and analyzes the results of outdoor tests conducted on 44 modules of three different PV technologies (mono-Si, poly-Si and a-Si) from eight different manufacturers over the exposure period of two to seven years.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Title of host publicationConference Record of the 2006 IEEE 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC-4
    PublisherIEEE Computer Society
    Pages2214-2216
    Number of pages3
    ISBN (Print)1424400163, 9781424400164
    DOIs
    StatePublished - Jan 1 2006
    Event2006 IEEE 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC-4 - Waikoloa, HI, United States
    Duration: May 7 2006May 12 2006

    Publication series

    NameConference Record of the 2006 IEEE 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC-4
    Volume2

    Other

    Other2006 IEEE 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC-4
    CountryUnited States
    CityWaikoloa, HI
    Period5/7/065/12/06

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
    • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
    • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
    • Materials Chemistry

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    Raghuraman, B., Lakshman, V., Kuitche, J., Shisler, W., Tamizhmani, G., & Kapoor, H. (2006). An overview of SMUD'S outdoor photovoltaic test program at Arizona state university. In Conference Record of the 2006 IEEE 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC-4 (pp. 2214-2216). [4060114] (Conference Record of the 2006 IEEE 4th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC-4; Vol. 2). IEEE Computer Society. https://doi.org/10.1109/WCPEC.2006.279948