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Data acquisition and PV module power production in upgraded TEP/AzRISE solar test yard
Author(s): Whit E. Bennett; Asher D. Fishgold; Teh Lai; Barrett G. Potter; Kelly Simmons-Potter
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Paper Abstract

The Tucson Electric Power (TEP)/University of Arizona AzRISE (Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy) solar test yard is continuing efforts to improve standardization and data acquisition reliability throughout the facility. Data reliability is ensured through temperature-insensitive data acquisition devices with battery backups in the upgraded test yard. Software improvements allow for real-time analysis of collected data, while uploading to a web server. Sample data illustrates high fidelity monitoring of the burn-in period of a polycrystalline silicon photovoltaic module test string with no data failures over 365 days of data collection. In addition to improved DAQ systems, precision temperature monitoring has been implemented so that PV module backside temperatures are routinely obtained. Weather station data acquired at the test yard provides local ambient temperature, humidity, wind speed, and irradiance measurements that have been utilized to enable characterization of PV module performance over an extended test period

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 August 2017
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 10370, Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems X, 103700G (23 August 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2274211
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Whit E. Bennett, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Asher D. Fishgold, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Teh Lai, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Barrett G. Potter, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)
Kelly Simmons-Potter, The Univ. of Arizona (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10370:
Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems X
Neelkanth G. Dhere; Keiichiro Sakurai; Michael D. Kempe, Editor(s)

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