Graphical Diagnosis of Performances in Photovoltaic Systems: A Case Study in Southern Spain
AbstractThe starting point of the operation and maintenance tasks in photovoltaic plants is the continuous monitoring and supervision of its components. The great amount of registered data requires a major improvement in the ways this information is processed and analyzed to rapidly detect any potential fault, without incurring additional costs. In this paper, a procedure to perform a detailed graphical supported analysis of the operation of photovoltaic installations, based on inverter data, and using a self-developed application, is presented. The program carries out the automated processing of the registered data, providing their access and visualization by means of color maps. These graphs allow a large volume of data set to be simultaneously represented in a readable way, enabling operation and maintenance operators to quickly detect patterns that would require any type of intervention. As a case study, the operation of a grid-connected photovoltaic plant located in southern Spain was studied during a period of three years. The average daily efficiency values of the PV modules and inverters were in the range of 7.6–14.6%, and 73.5–94% respectively. Moreover, the presence of shadings, as well as the hours and days mainly affected by this issue, was easily detected. View Full-Text
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Santiago, I.; Trillo Montero, D.; Luna Rodríguez, J.J.; Moreno Garcia, I.M.; Palacios Garcia, E.J. Graphical Diagnosis of Performances in Photovoltaic Systems: A Case Study in Southern Spain. Energies 2017, 10, 1964.
Santiago I, Trillo Montero D, Luna Rodríguez JJ, Moreno Garcia IM, Palacios Garcia EJ. Graphical Diagnosis of Performances in Photovoltaic Systems: A Case Study in Southern Spain. Energies. 2017; 10(12):1964.Chicago/Turabian Style
Santiago, Isabel; Trillo Montero, David; Luna Rodríguez, Juan J.; Moreno Garcia, Isabel M.; Palacios Garcia, Emilio J. 2017. "Graphical Diagnosis of Performances in Photovoltaic Systems: A Case Study in Southern Spain." Energies 10, no. 12: 1964.
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