Abstract

As more utility scale photovoltaic (PV) power plants are installed, there is a need to improve monitoring and management of PV arrays. A procedure is presented here for optimizing the electrical configuration of a PV array under a variety of operating conditions. Computer simulations and analysis with synthetic and real data are presented in this paper. The performance of the optimization system is evaluated for a variety of partial shading conditions using a SPICE circuit simulator. In general, a 4%-5% gain in power output is achievable by employing active switching in order to reconfigure the array's electrical configuration.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-69
Number of pages12
JournalSustainable Energy, Grids and Networks
Volume6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

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Power plants
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Topology
Networks (circuits)
Monitoring
Computer simulation

Keywords

  • Condition monitoring
  • Fault tolerant systems
  • Photovoltaic systems

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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Topology reconfiguration for optimization of photovoltaic array output. / Braun, H.; Buddha, S. T.; Krishnan, V.; Tepedelenlioglu, Cihan; Spanias, Andreas; Banavar, M.; Srinivasan, D.

In: Sustainable Energy, Grids and Networks, Vol. 6, 01.06.2016, p. 58-69.

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