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performance of large-scale photovoltaic systems

By Jumie Yuventi and Jumie Yuventi P. E


The spatial layout of components in a photovoltaic system impacts the system’s electrical performance. Therefore, it is important for designers to understand how to identify layouts that maximize power performance and best utilize land area, especially as the designed generation capacity and land area use for large-‐scale photovoltaic systems grows. Such identifications can be made through exploring multiple layout alternatives and comparing power output estimates; unfortunately, typical analysis methods and project schedules restrict—or do not facilitate—such investigations in engineering phases. This paper presents the analyses of power-‐ related metrics for a range of typical layout strategies, block sizes, and other related engineering considerations for large-‐scale photovoltaic systems. The goal is to further communicate the influence of layout considerations and to identify trends, which— although may not hold for every system design—can be used to guide layout optimization explorations. Keywords-‐Large scale Photovoltaic; Design strategies; Layout optimization 1

Year: 2013
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