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Global Energy Production Computation of a Solar-Powered Smart Home Automation System Using Reliability-Oriented Metrics

Department of Computers and Information Technology, Politehnica University of Timisoara, 2 V. Parvan Blvd, 300223 Timisoara, Romania
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Energies 2021, 14(9), 2541; https://doi.org/10.3390/en14092541
Received: 31 March 2021 / Revised: 23 April 2021 / Accepted: 26 April 2021 / Published: 28 April 2021
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Energy Performance of the Photovoltaic Systems)
This paper presents a modified global energy production computation formula that replaces the traditional Performance Ratio (PR) with a novel Solar Reliability Factor (SRF) for mobile solar tracking systems. The SRF parameter describes the reliability and availability of a dual-axis solar tracker, which powers a smart home automation system entirely by using clean energy. By applying the SRF in the global energy production formula of solar tracking systems, we can predict the energy generation in real time, allowing proper energy management of the entire smart home automation system. Regarding static deployed Photovoltaic (PV) systems, the PR factor is preserved to compute the power generation of these devices accurately. Experimental results show that the energy production computation constantly fluctuates over several days due to the SRF parameter variation, showing a 26.11% reduction when the dual-axis solar tracker’s availability is affected by system errors and maximum power generation when the solar tracking device is operating in optimal conditions. View Full-Text
Keywords: solar reliability factor; solar tracker; smart home automation system; fault coverage; hybrid testing; global energy production solar reliability factor; solar tracker; smart home automation system; fault coverage; hybrid testing; global energy production
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Rotar, R.; Jurj, S.L.; Susany, R.; Opritoiu, F.; Vladutiu, M. Global Energy Production Computation of a Solar-Powered Smart Home Automation System Using Reliability-Oriented Metrics. Energies 2021, 14, 2541. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14092541

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Rotar R, Jurj SL, Susany R, Opritoiu F, Vladutiu M. Global Energy Production Computation of a Solar-Powered Smart Home Automation System Using Reliability-Oriented Metrics. Energies. 2021; 14(9):2541. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14092541

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Rotar, Raul, Sorin L. Jurj, Robert Susany, Flavius Opritoiu, and Mircea Vladutiu. 2021. "Global Energy Production Computation of a Solar-Powered Smart Home Automation System Using Reliability-Oriented Metrics" Energies 14, no. 9: 2541. https://doi.org/10.3390/en14092541

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