COMPARISON OF PARTIAL SHADING LOSSES IN FREE FIELD PV-PLANTS WITH DIFFERENT ARRAY CONFIGURATIONS
2013 (English)In: EU PVSEC Proceedings, 2013, 4171-4175 p.Conference paper (Other academic)
A common problem when planning large free field PV-plants is optimizing the ground occupation ratio while maintaining low shading losses. Due to the complexity of this task, several PV-plants have been built using various configurations. In order to compare the shading losses of different PV technologies and array designs, empirical performance data of five free field PV-plants operating in Germany was analyzed. The data collected comprised 140 winter days from October 2011 until March 2012. The relative shading losses were estimated by comparing the energy output of selected arrays in the front rows (shading-free) against that of shaded arrays in the back rows of the same plant. The results showed that landscape mounting with mc-Si PV-modules yielded significantly better results than portrait one. With CIGS modules, making cross-table strings using the lower modules was not beneficial as expected and had more losses than a one-string-per-table layout. Parallel substrings with CdTe showed relatively low losses. Among the two CdTe products analyzed, none showed a significantly better performance.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. 4171-4175 p.
Shading losses, PV-array configurations, Grid connected PV-plants
Research subject Energi, skog och byggd miljö
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:du-16429DOI: 10.4229/28thEUPVSEC2013-5BV.7.35ISBN: 3-936338-33-7OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-16429DiVA: diva2:764936
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