The consequence of soiling on PV system performance in Arizona; Comparing three study methods

Adria E. Brooks, Daniella N. Dellagiustina, Scott M. Patterson, Alexander D. Cronin

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Abstract

We study the consequence of soiling on different flat-plate photovoltaic modules in Tucson, Arizona. We compare three different methods of study. These methods include (1) a comparison of energy yields between strings of PV modules, held at MPP, that are regularly cleaned and naturally soiled, (2) measurement I-V curves from individual PV modules in the field before and after cleaning, and (3) measurement I-V curves from individual PV modules in the laboratory before and after cleaning using a flash tester. All methods indicate an approximate 1% performance enhancement from cleaning. Laboratory I-V curve measurements provide the most precise results.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages754-758
Number of pages5
ISBN (Print)9781479932993
DOIs
StatePublished - 2013
Event39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013 - Tampa, FL, United States
Duration: Jun 16 2013Jun 21 2013

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Other39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013
CountryUnited States
CityTampa, FL
Period6/16/136/21/13

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Keywords

  • Current-voltage characteristics
  • Performance loss
  • Photovoltaic systems
  • Soil

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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Brooks, A. E., Dellagiustina, D. N., Patterson, S. M., & Cronin, A. D. (2013). The consequence of soiling on PV system performance in Arizona; Comparing three study methods. In Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (pp. 754-758). [6744259] Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. DOI: 10.1109/PVSC.2013.6744259

The consequence of soiling on PV system performance in Arizona; Comparing three study methods. / Brooks, Adria E.; Dellagiustina, Daniella N.; Patterson, Scott M.; Cronin, Alexander D.

Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2013. p. 754-758 6744259.

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Brooks, AE, Dellagiustina, DN, Patterson, SM & Cronin, AD 2013, The consequence of soiling on PV system performance in Arizona; Comparing three study methods. in Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference., 6744259, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., pp. 754-758, 39th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2013, Tampa, FL, United States, 6/16/13. DOI: 10.1109/PVSC.2013.6744259
Brooks AE, Dellagiustina DN, Patterson SM, Cronin AD. The consequence of soiling on PV system performance in Arizona; Comparing three study methods. In Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.2013. p. 754-758. 6744259. Available from, DOI: 10.1109/PVSC.2013.6744259
Brooks, Adria E. ; Dellagiustina, Daniella N. ; Patterson, Scott M. ; Cronin, Alexander D./ The consequence of soiling on PV system performance in Arizona; Comparing three study methods. Conference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference. Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., 2013. pp. 754-758
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