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Uses Of Infrared Thermography In The Low-Cost Solar Array Program
Author(s): Stuart D. Glazer
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Paper Abstract

The Jet Propulsion Laboratory has used infrared thermography extensively in the Low-Cost Solar Array (LSA) photovoltaics program. A two-dimensional scanning infrared radiometer has been used to make field inspections of large free-standing photovoltaic arrays and smaller demonstration sites consisting of integrally mounted rooftop systems. These field inspections have proven especially valuable in the research and early development phases of the program, since certain types of module design flaws and environmental degradation manifest themselves in unique thermal patterns. The infrared camera was also used extensively in a series of laboratory tests on photovoltaic cells to obtain peak cell temperatures and thermal patterns during off-design operating conditions. The infrared field inspections and the laboratory experiments are discussed, and sample results are presented.

Paper Details

Date Published: 12 March 1982
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 0313, Thermal Infrared Sensing Applied to Energy Conservation in Building Envelopes, (12 March 1982); doi: 10.1117/12.932902
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Stuart D. Glazer, California Institute of Technology (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0313:
Thermal Infrared Sensing Applied to Energy Conservation in Building Envelopes
Richard A. Grot; James T. Wood, Editor(s)

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