Evaluation of four geomembrane-mounted PV systems for land reclamation in Southern Arizona

Adria E. Brooks, Nathan Allen, Vincent P. Lonij, Alexander D Cronin

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Abstract

We describe four different photovoltaic (PV) systems that are deployed around Tucson Arizona on geomembranes to test the feasibility of converting mine tailings and landfills into solar energy generating sites. Differences between these deployed systems include: two types of geomembrane materials, two different module anatomies, and two different locations. We explain the different module mounting techniques that are unique to mine tailing sites. We also describe several failures that occurred during the first two years of operation. We present and validate predictions for the operating temperature of these systems and their associated electrical performance. We find PV modules mounted on light-colored thermoplastic with shielded wiring operate at lower temperatures, are more structurally stable, and have fewer wiring failures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
Pages520-525
Number of pages6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2012
Event38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2012 - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: Jun 3 2012Jun 8 2012

Other

Other38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2012
CountryUnited States
CityAustin, TX
Period6/3/126/8/12

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Land reclamation
Geomembranes
Tailings
Electric wiring
Land fill
Mountings
Solar energy
Thermoplastics
Temperature

Keywords

  • current-voltage characteristics
  • photovoltaic systems
  • polyethylene
  • power measurement
  • surface-mount technology
  • system performance
  • thin films

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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Brooks, A. E., Allen, N., Lonij, V. P., & Cronin, A. D. (2012). Evaluation of four geomembrane-mounted PV systems for land reclamation in Southern Arizona. In Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (pp. 520-525). [6317669] https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2012.6317669

Evaluation of four geomembrane-mounted PV systems for land reclamation in Southern Arizona. / Brooks, Adria E.; Allen, Nathan; Lonij, Vincent P.; Cronin, Alexander D.

Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. 2012. p. 520-525 6317669.

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

Brooks, AE, Allen, N, Lonij, VP & Cronin, AD 2012, Evaluation of four geomembrane-mounted PV systems for land reclamation in Southern Arizona. in Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference., 6317669, pp. 520-525, 38th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2012, Austin, TX, United States, 6/3/12. https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2012.6317669
Brooks AE, Allen N, Lonij VP, Cronin AD. Evaluation of four geomembrane-mounted PV systems for land reclamation in Southern Arizona. In Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. 2012. p. 520-525. 6317669 https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2012.6317669
Brooks, Adria E. ; Allen, Nathan ; Lonij, Vincent P. ; Cronin, Alexander D. / Evaluation of four geomembrane-mounted PV systems for land reclamation in Southern Arizona. Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. 2012. pp. 520-525
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