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Photovoltaic system lifetime prediction using Petri networks method
Author(s): Rémi Laronde; Abderafi Charki; David Bigaud; Philippe Excoffier
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Paper Abstract

Photovoltaic modules and systems lifetime and availability are difficult to determine and not really well-known. This information is an important data to insure the installation performance of such a system and to prepare its recycling. The aim of this article is to present a methodology for the availability and lifetime evaluation of a photovoltaic system using the Petri networks method. Each component - module, wires and inverter - is detailed in Petri networks and several laws are used in order to estimate the reliability. Several guides (FIDES, MIL-HDBK-217 ...) allow determining the reliability of electronic components using collections of data. For photovoltaic modules, accelerated life testing are carried out for the evaluation of the lifetime which is described by a Weibull distribution. Results obtained show that Petri networks are very useful to simulate lifetime thanks to its intrinsic modularity.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 August 2010
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7773, Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems III, 777306 (19 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.856110
Show Author Affiliations
Rémi Laronde, LASQUO Lab. (France)
Abderafi Charki, LASQUO Lab. (France)
David Bigaud, LASQUO Lab. (France)
Philippe Excoffier, GINGER CEBTP (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7773:
Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems III
Neelkanth G. Dhere; John H. Wohlgemuth; Kevin Lynn, Editor(s)

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