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Assessment of a Solar PV Re-Powering Project in Sweden Using Measured and Simulated Data
Dalarna University, School of Technology and Business Studies, Energy Technology.
2017 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Re-powering solar PV plants is an upcoming discussion on the global stage. Although the respective component warranties indicate the time to change the system machinery, the methodology and justification for carrying this out are two aspects that need further study.

The rooftop solar PV system on top of Dalarna University was re-positioned in 2014. Prior to installing the system in its new position, the system arrays were reconfigured and new inverters were installed.

This thesis aimed to compare and analyze two sections of the solar power plant to understand which amongst them performs better. Graphs depicting energy, current, voltage and other parameters were formulated to ascertain the efficacy of the array configurations for this Nordic latitude.

Thereafter, PVsyst and SAM were used to compare the simulated results with the actual output from the system.

It was found that the measured energy output from one section of the solar power plant was higher than that of the other during 2014. On an annual basis, this difference was 21.5 kWh or 2%. On closer inspection, this contrast was attributed to a difference in yield early in the morning.

Further, PVsyst simulated the annual energy with a deviation of less than 1% than what was measured, whereas SAM measured a deviation in energy measurement of 2.5% higher than the actual measured energy. These values were obtained using the detailed design options for both softwares. A point to keep in mind is that prior experience of working with both these softwares is recommended prior to carrying out the simulations on these softwares.

An underlying point to note in this study is its limitations. This study is valid in the northern latitudes, such as the Nordic climates, since other regions would not have such low (sub-zero) temperatures to account for while sizing the inverter. In regions of high irradiance, a system re-powered in a way such as the system in this case would have higher clipping losses.

Relevant previous studies and related topics have been visited, summarized and cited.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017.
Keywords [en]
PV, Re-powering, PVsyst, SAM
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Energy Engineering
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-26561OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-26561DiVA, id: diva2:1158162
Available from: 2017-11-17 Created: 2017-11-17

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