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Influence of dust deposition on photovoltaic panel performance

Rao, Abhishek and Pillai, Rohit and Mani, Monto and Ramamurthy, Praveen (2014) Influence of dust deposition on photovoltaic panel performance. In: 4th International Conference on Advances in Energy Research (ICAER), DEC 10-12, 2013, Mumbai, INDIA, pp. 690-700.

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/ 10.1016/j.egypro.2014.07.310


Solar photovoltaic power plants are ideally located in regions with high insolation levels. Photovoltaic performance is affected by high cell temperatures, soiling, mismatch and other balance-of-systems related losses. It is crucial to understand the significance of each of these losses on system performance. Soiling, highly dependent on installation conditions, is a complex performance issue to accurately quantify. The settlement of dust on panel surfaces may or may not be uniform depending on local terrain and environmental factors such as ambient temperature, wind and rainfall. It is essential to investigate the influence of dust settlement on the operating characteristics of photovoltaic systems to better understand losses in performance attributable to soiling. The current voltage (I-V) characteristics of photovoltaic panels reveal extensive information to support degradation analysis of the panels. This paper attempts to understand performance losses due to dust through a dynamic study into the I-V characteristics of panels under varying soiling conditions in an outdoor experimental test-bed. Further, the results of an indoor study simulating the performance of photovoltaic panels under different dust deposition regimes are discussed in this paper. (C) 2014 Monto Mani. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is all open access article under the CC BY-NC-ND license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/).

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Series.: Energy Procedia
Additional Information: Copyright for this article belongs to the ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV, SARA BURGERHARTSTRAAT 25, PO BOX 211, 1000 AE AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
Department/Centre: Division of Mechanical Sciences > Centre for Sustainable Technologies (formerly ASTRA)
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2015 06:48
Last Modified: 18 Jan 2015 06:48
URI: http://eprints.iisc.ac.in/id/eprint/50697

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