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Distributed solar radiation fast dynamic measurement for PV cells
Author(s): Xuefen Wan; Yi Yang; Jian Cui; Xingjing Du; Tao Zheng; Muhammad Sohail Sardar
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Paper Abstract

To study the operating characteristics about PV cells, attention must be given to the dynamic behavior of the solar radiation. The dynamic behaviors of annual, monthly, daily and hourly averages of solar radiation have been studied in detail. But faster dynamic behaviors of solar radiation need more researches. The solar radiation random fluctuations in minute-long or second-long range, which lead to alternating radiation and cool down/warm up PV cell frequently, decrease conversion efficiency. Fast dynamic processes of solar radiation are mainly relevant to stochastic moving of clouds. Even in clear sky condition, the solar irradiations show a certain degree of fast variation. To evaluate operating characteristics of PV cells under fast dynamic irradiation, a solar radiation measuring array (SRMA) based on large active area photodiode, LoRa spread spectrum communication and nanoWatt MCU is proposed. This cross photodiodes structure tracks fast stochastic moving of clouds. To compensate response time of pyranometer and reduce system cost, the terminal nodes with low-cost fast-responded large active area photodiode are placed besides positions of tested PV cells. A central node, consists with pyranometer, large active area photodiode, wind detector and host computer, is placed in the center of the central topologies coordinate to scale temporal envelope of solar irradiation and get calibration information between pyranometer and large active area photodiodes. In our SRMA system, the terminal nodes are designed based on Microchip’s nanoWatt XLP PIC16F1947. FDS-100 is adopted for large active area photodiode in terminal nodes and host computer. The output current and voltage of each PV cell are monitored by I/V measurement. AS62-T27/SX1278 LoRa communication modules are used for communicating between terminal nodes and host computer. Because the LoRa LPWAN (Low Power Wide Area Network) specification provides seamless interoperability among Smart Things without the need of complex local installations, configuring of our SRMA system is very easy. Lora also provides SRMA a means to overcome the short communication distance and weather signal propagation decline such as in ZigBee and WiFi. The host computer in SRMA system uses the low power single-board PC EMB-3870 which was produced by NORCO. Wind direction sensor SM5386B and wind-force sensor SM5387B are installed to host computer through RS-485 bus for wind reference data collection. And Davis 6450 solar radiation sensor, which is a precision instrument that detects radiation at wavelengths of 300 to 1100 nanometers, allow host computer to follow real-time solar radiation. A LoRa polling scheme is adopt for the communication between host computer and terminal nodes in SRMA. An experimental SRMA has been established. This system was tested in Ganyu, Jiangshu province from May to August, 2016. In the test, the distances between the nodes and the host computer were between 100m and 1900m. At work, SRMA system showed higher reliability. Terminal nodes could follow the instructions from host computer and collect solar radiation data of distributed PV cells effectively. And the host computer managed the SRAM and achieves reference parameters well. Communications between the host computer and terminal nodes were almost unaffected by the weather. In conclusion, the testing results show that SRMA could be a capable method for fast dynamic measuring about solar radiation and related PV cell operating characteristics.

Paper Details

Date Published: 24 October 2017
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 10460, AOPC 2017: Optoelectronics and Micro/Nano-Optics, 104600M (24 October 2017); doi: 10.1117/12.2283431
Show Author Affiliations
Xuefen Wan, North China Institute of Science and Technology (China)
Yi Yang, Donghua Univ. (China)
Digitized Textile and Fashion Technology Engineering Ctr. (China)
Jian Cui, Beijing Univ. of Aeronautics and Astronautics (China)
Xingjing Du, North China Institute of Science and Technology (China)
Tao Zheng, Yanshan Univ. (China)
Muhammad Sohail Sardar, Donghua Univ. (China)
Digitized Textile and Fashion Technology Engineering Ctr. (China)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10460:
AOPC 2017: Optoelectronics and Micro/Nano-Optics
Min Qiu; Min Gu; Xiaocong Yuan; Zhiping Zhou, Editor(s)

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