Design and Operation of a Waterless PV Soiling Monitoring Station

Telia Curtis, Sai Tatapudi, Govinda Samy Tamizh Mani

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

6 Scopus citations

Abstract

ASU-PRL has developed an autonomous, waterless, and wireless soiling monitoring station for photovoltaic (PV) plants. This soiling monitoring station is a 4 th generation design, featuring: Two split-cell coupons as sensors coplanar to the PV arrays (two soiled half-cells and two covered clean half-cells), utilizing remote web-monitoring, and capable of providing data for up to 13 different useful ratios. This design employs built-in heat sinks which eliminates the need for temperature correction of the monitored short-circuit current. This paper presents the design and operation of a waterless PV soiling monitoring station and how it differs from currently available soiling monitoring stations on the market as well as a data set obtained from different PV plants located in diverse climates to quantify the operation and methodology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2018 IEEE 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - A Joint Conference of 45th IEEE PVSC, 28th PVSEC and 34th EU PVSEC
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages3407-3412
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781538685297
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 26 2018
Event7th IEEE World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - Waikoloa Village, United States
Duration: Jun 10 2018Jun 15 2018

Publication series

Name2018 IEEE 7th World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018 - A Joint Conference of 45th IEEE PVSC, 28th PVSEC and 34th EU PVSEC

Other

Other7th IEEE World Conference on Photovoltaic Energy Conversion, WCPEC 2018
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityWaikoloa Village
Period6/10/186/15/18

Keywords

  • Isc
  • PV
  • Pmax
  • monitoring
  • rain coefficient
  • sensor ratios
  • soiling loss factor

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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