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Performance of PV System Technologies in Hawaii.
S. Busquet, D. Matthews, N. Gaillard, L. Cutshaw, R.E. Rocheleau
Evaluation, Grid-Connected, Monitoring, PV System, System Performance
Subtopic: PV System and Grid Integration Aspects
Event: 28th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Session: 5BV.7.17
4118 - 4122
ISBN: 3-936338-33-7
Paper DOI: 10.4229/28thEUPVSEC2013-5BV.7.17
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Hawaii has been experiencing a rapid increase in the number of commercial and residential grid connected photovoltaic (PV) installations due to an abundant solar resource, high cost of electricity, and generous tax incentives. The Hawaii Natural Energy Institute (HNEI) of the University of Hawaii at Manoa is conducting research in several areas to better understand the challenges of managing high-penetration of renewable technologies on the grids operated by the Hawaiian Electric companies. PV test beds are deployed to characterize the production of the grid-connected PV systems in different locations in Hawaii. They were carefully designed in order to assess the PV system performance, to estimate the different losses, and to evaluate the impact of the parameters including environmental conditions, PV module technologies, and system configurations. PV test beds will allow side-by-side comparison of grid connected PV systems using PV modules from several manufacturers and different system configurations. In addition, an I-V tracer will evaluate the losses in the PV modules, by testing one sample of each type of module. This document presents the analysis plan, the PV test beds, data acquisition systems (DAS), and the architecture of the data collection network developed to support the analysis of PV system performance.