Cost Effective Offline Reconfiguration for Large-Scale Non-Uniformly Aging Photovoltaic Arrays Efficiency Enhancement



Wu, Z, Zhang, C, Alkahtani, M, Hu, Y and Zhang, J
(2020) Cost Effective Offline Reconfiguration for Large-Scale Non-Uniformly Aging Photovoltaic Arrays Efficiency Enhancement. IEEE Access, 8. 80572 - 80581.

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Abstract

© 2013 IEEE. In the past decades, a huge number of large-scale photovoltaic (PV) plants have been constructed all around the world. However, the capital and operational costs can be high, which limits their widespread applications. Because the installed PV modules often operate in harsh environments (i.e. storm, high temperature, dust, hail, etc.), non-uniform aging phenomena of PV modules cannot be avoided and it impacts adversely on the performance of PV plants, especially in the middle and late periods of their service life. This paper develops an offline PV module reconfiguration strategy for the non-uniform aging PV array to mitigate this effect. In order to maximize the economic benefit, electricity price and labor cost are considered in the offline reconfiguration. The Branch-and-Bound based optimization algorithm is proposed to find the highest economic benefit. In order to verify the proposed algorithm, MATLAB software-based modelling and simulation have been performed in four case studies, in which a typical 42kW PV array with 7×20 connection is employed in a testing benchmark, and the manpower cost and electricity price in USA, UK, China and Turkey are considered in the case study. The results demonstrate that the economic benefit from a non-uniformly aged PV array is further enhanced with the proposed reconfiguration method.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Aging, Photovoltaic systems, Energy conversion, Silicon, Fault diagnosis, Switches
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2020 08:26
Last Modified: 07 Oct 2020 18:17
DOI: 10.1109/ACCESS.2020.2991089
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URI: http://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3089351