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Analysis of a flexible measurement system for outdoor DC performance testing of photovoltaic modules

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posted on 09.06.2015 by Tom Betts, Martin Bliss, Ralph Gottschalg, David Infield
The Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) has been operating an outdoor measurement facility for testing photovoltaic (PV) modules since 1998. The facility is used to continuously measure the performance of a range of commercial and prototype modules, by scanning full I-V characteristics every ten minutes with synchronous measurements of ambient and module temperatures and broadband and spectral irradiance. The trend for increasingly high power PV modules and increased demand for channels has precipitated the next stage of development for the CREST system. This paper gives a technical description of the new system, followed by an appraisal of the performance of the upgraded measurement system. This encompasses commissioning and initial testing of the new system elements to quantify accuracy gains between the old and new versions.

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School

  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

Research Unit

  • Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST)

Published in

Proceedings of the 15th International Photovoltaic Science & Engineering Conference Proceedings of the 15th International Photovoltaic Science & Engineering Conference

Volume

1

Issue

(1)

Pages

722 - 723

Citation

BETTS, T.R. ... et al, 2005. Analysis of a flexible measurement system for outdoor DC performance testing of photovoltaic modules. IN: Qinghao, Y (ed). Proceedings of the 15th International Photovoltaic Science & Engineering Conference, Shanghai, China, 13th - 15th October 2015, pp.722-723

Publisher

Shanghai Scientific & Technical Publishers

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2005

Notes

This is a conference paper.

ISBN

7532382257

Language

en

Location

Shanghai, China

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