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Fault detection in photovoltaic systems
KTH, School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC).
2014 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This master’s thesis concerns three different areas in the field of fault detection in photovoltaic systems.Previous studies have concerned homogeneous systems with a large set of parameters being observed,while this study is focused on a more restrictive case. The first problem is to discover immediate faults occurring in solar panels. A new online algorithm is developed based on similarity measures with in a single installation. It performs reliably and is able to detect all significant faults over a certain threshold. The second problem concerns measuring degradation over time. A modified approachis taken based on repetitive conditions, and performs well given certain assumptions. Finally the third problem is to differentiate solar panel faults from partial shading. Here a clustering algorithm DBSCAN is applied on data in order to locate clusters of faults in the solar plane, demonstrating good performance in certain situations. It also demonstrates issues with misclassification of real faults due to clustering

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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-153945OAI: diva2:754340
Available from: 2014-11-21 Created: 2014-10-10 Last updated: 2014-11-21Bibliographically approved

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