Photovoltaic Array Fault Detection by Automatic Reconfiguration
AbstractPhotovoltaic (PV) system output electricity is related to PV cells’ conditions, with the PV faults decreasing the efficiency of the PV system and even causing a possible source of fire. In industrial production, PV fault detection is typically laborious manual work. In this paper, we present a method that can automatically detect PV faults. Based on the observation that different faults will have different impacts on a PV system, we propose a method that systematically and iteratively reconfigures the PV array until the faults are located based on the specific current-voltage (I-V) curve of the (sub-)array. Our method can detect several main types of faults including open-circuit faults, mismatch faults, short circuit faults, etc. We evaluate our methods by Matlab/Simulink-based simulation. The results show that the proposed methods can accurately detect and classify the different faults occurring in a PV system. View Full-Text
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Ji, D.; Zhang, C.; Lv, M.; Ma, Y.; Guan, N. Photovoltaic Array Fault Detection by Automatic Reconfiguration. Energies 2017, 10, 699.
Ji D, Zhang C, Lv M, Ma Y, Guan N. Photovoltaic Array Fault Detection by Automatic Reconfiguration. Energies. 2017; 10(5):699.Chicago/Turabian Style
Ji, Dong; Zhang, Cai; Lv, Mingsong; Ma, Ye; Guan, Nan. 2017. "Photovoltaic Array Fault Detection by Automatic Reconfiguration." Energies 10, no. 5: 699.
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