Data acquisition and PV module power production in upgraded TEP/AzRISE solar test yard

Whit E. Bennett, Asher D. Fishgold, Teh Lai, Barrett G Potter, Kelly Potter

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1 Scopus citations

Abstract

The Tucson Electric Power (TEP)/University of Arizona AzRISE (Arizona Research Institute for Solar Energy) solar test yard is continuing efforts to improve standardization and data acquisition reliability throughout the facility. Data reliability is ensured through temperature-insensitive data acquisition devices with battery backups in the upgraded test yard. Software improvements allow for real-Time analysis of collected data, while uploading to a web server. Sample data illustrates high fidelity monitoring of the burn-in period of a polycrystalline silicon photovoltaic module test string with no data failures over 365 days of data collection. In addition to improved DAQ systems, precision temperature monitoring has been implemented so that PV module backside temperatures are routinely obtained. Weather station data acquired at the test yard provides local ambient temperature, humidity, wind speed, and irradiance measurements that have been utilized to enable characterization of PV module performance over an extended test period

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationReliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems X
PublisherSPIE
Volume10370
ISBN (Electronic)9781510611979
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Externally publishedYes
EventReliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems X 2017 - San Diego, United States
Duration: Aug 6 2017Aug 7 2017

Other

OtherReliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems X 2017
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego
Period8/6/178/7/17

Keywords

  • Data acquisition
  • Degradation
  • Field test
  • Module performance
  • Photovoltaic
  • Reliability
  • Solar test yard

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering

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    Bennett, W. E., Fishgold, A. D., Lai, T., Potter, B. G., & Potter, K. (2017). Data acquisition and PV module power production in upgraded TEP/AzRISE solar test yard. In Reliability of Photovoltaic Cells, Modules, Components, and Systems X (Vol. 10370). [103700G] SPIE. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2274211