PV performance modelling: A review in the light of quality assurance for large PV plants

Parra, Iñigo de la and Muñoz, M. and Lorenzo Pigueiras, Eduardo and García, M. and Marcos, J. and Martinez Moreno, Francisco (2017). PV performance modelling: A review in the light of quality assurance for large PV plants. "Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews", v. 78 ; pp. 780-797. ISSN 1364-0321. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2017.04.080.

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Title: PV performance modelling: A review in the light of quality assurance for large PV plants
Author/s:
  • Parra, Iñigo de la
  • Muñoz, M.
  • Lorenzo Pigueiras, Eduardo
  • García, M.
  • Marcos, J.
  • Martinez Moreno, Francisco
Item Type: Article
Título de Revista/Publicación: Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews
Date: 2017
ISSN: 1364-0321
Volume: 78
Subjects:
Freetext Keywords: Modelling, Grid-connected PV plantsPV performance modelsSolar energySolar power forecasting
Faculty: E.T.S.I. Telecomunicación (UPM)
Department: Electrónica Física
Creative Commons Licenses: Recognition - No derivative works - Non commercial

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Abstract

The quality assurance procedures associated with the financing of large PV plants are becoming increasingly more relevant to the PV scene in general. In this context, PV performance modelling is required in order to predict the energy yield and to rate the operating plant performance. Despite the availability of PV performance models since the early days of photovoltaics, the emergence of new proposals and the current debate on the development of an energy rating standard means that this can still be considered an open question. In the specific context of Quality Assurance Procedures, PV performance models must not only be accurate but must also be based on features specifically supported by manufacturers (datasheet information), in order to maintain the chain of responsibility in the event of failure. This paper reviews the currently available PV performance models with regard to accuracy and also compliance with datasheet specifications and guarantees. Accuracy is assessed through a meticulous measurement campaign conducted on PV arrays of four different technologies at a PV plant located in Navarra (northern Spain). The models reviewed are classified into physical models, based on the full I-V curve, and empirical models, which are solely based on the maximum power point (MPP). Despite the fact that physical models and MPP models with more than three parameters are currently widely used, this paper shows that empirical models with just three independent parameters suffice to accurately describe the relationship between PV array performance and operating conditions and are more easily derived from standard datasheet information. This result suggests that 3-parameter empirical models are the best option for PV performance modelling in the context of technical quality assurance procedures.

Funding Projects

TypeCodeAcronymLeaderTitle
Government of SpainDPI2016-80641-RUnspecifiedPablo Sanchis GúrpideConvertidores electrónicos avanzados para integración en red de sistemas fotovoltaicos y eólicos
Government of SpainDPI2016-80642-RUnspecifiedAlfredo Ursúa RubioHibridación de tecnologías avanzadas de almacenamiento eléctrico para sistemas basados en energías renovables

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Item ID: 49950
DC Identifier: http://oa.upm.es/49950/
OAI Identifier: oai:oa.upm.es:49950
DOI: 10.1016/j.rser.2017.04.080
Official URL: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1364032117305920?via%3Dihub
Deposited by: Memoria Investigacion
Deposited on: 23 Apr 2018 16:30
Last Modified: 01 Nov 2019 23:30
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