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The Performance of Photovoltaic (PV) Systems

Book Description

The Performance of Photovoltaic (PV) Systems: Modelling, Measurement and Assessment explores the system lifetime of a PV system and the energy output of the system over that lifetime. The book concentrates on the prediction, measurement, and assessment of the performance of PV systems, allowing the reader to obtain a thorough understanding of the performance issues and progress that has been made in optimizing system performance.

  • Provides unique insights into the performance of photovoltaic systems
  • Includes comprehensive and systematic coverage of a fascinating area in energy
  • Written by an expert team of authors and a respected editor

Table of Contents

  1. Cover image
  2. Title page
  3. Table of Contents
  4. Copyright
  5. Contributors
  6. Preface
  7. Woodhead Publishing Series in Energy
  8. 1: Introduction to photovoltaic system performance
    1. Abstract
    2. 1.1 Introduction
    3. 1.2 The PV system
    4. 1.3 Expressing PV system performance
    5. 1.4 Lifetime and quality
    6. 1.5 Summary
  9. Part One: Photovoltaic module performance
    1. 2: Photovoltaic module measurement and characterization in the laboratory
      1. Abstract
      2. 2.1 Introduction
      3. 2.2 PV module STC measurements using solar simulators
      4. 2.3 PV module characterization
      5. 2.4 PV module characterization in praxis for the purpose of quality assurance
      6. 2.5 Future trends and perspectives
    2. 3: Photovoltaic module stability and reliability
      1. Abstract
      2. Acknowledgement
      3. 3.1 Introduction
      4. 3.2 Module stability and lifetime
      5. 3.3 Reliability and failure modes
      6. 3.4 Conclusion and future trends
      7. 3.5 Resources
    3. 4: Modelling and prediction of PV module energy yield
      1. Abstract
      2. 4.1 Introduction
      3. 4.2 Overview of the modelling of module performance
      4. 4.3 Electrical PV module modelling
      5. 4.4 Modelling operating environments
      6. 4.5 Advanced considerations
      7. 4.6 Uncertainties in yield modelling
      8. 4.7 Summary and conclusions
  10. Part Two: Photovoltaic system performance
    1. 5: Photovoltaic (PV) balance of system components: Basics, performance
      1. Abstract
      2. 5.1 Overview of PV system types and BOS components
      3. 5.2 Mechanical mounting and performance
      4. 5.3 Electrical MPP tracking principles and losses
      5. 5.4 Basic power electronic concepts and losses
      6. 5.5 Results of BOS-related performance aspects
      7. 5.6 Reliability and durability
      8. 5.7 Trends and Outlook in BOS
    2. 6: Prediction and measurement of photovoltaic system energy yield
      1. Abstract
      2. 6.1 Introduction
      3. 6.2 Predicting PV system performance
      4. 6.3 Monitoring PV system performance
      5. 6.4 Forecasting of PV system output
      6. 6.5 Summary
    3. 7: Environmental life-cycle assessment of photovoltaic systems
      1. Abstract
      2. 7.1 Introduction
      3. 7.2 Methodology
      4. 7.3 Commercial PV technologies considered in current analyses
      5. 7.4 Results
      6. 7.5 Conclusion
  11. Part Three: Maximising photovoltaic (PV) system performance
    1. 8: Building-integrated photovoltaics (BIPV)
      1. Abstract
      2. 8.1 Introduction
      3. 8.2 Best practice for design
      4. 8.3 BIPV requirements and constraints
      5. 8.4 Measurement and assessment
      6. 8.5 Product development
    2. 9: Stand-alone photovoltaic systems
      1. Abstract
      2. 9.1 Introduction
      3. 9.2 Solutions for stand-alone PV systems
      4. 9.3 Power converters implemented in PV stand-alone systems
      5. 9.4 Design: Influence of application and user behaviour
      6. 9.5 Measuring and assessing performance
      7. 9.6 Micro-/mini-grids: PV for rural electrification
      8. 9.7 International standardization
      9. 9.8 Summary
    3. 10: Concentrating photovoltaic systems
      1. Abstract
      2. 10.1 General overview and description of CPV systems and technologies
      3. 10.2 Impact factors on CPV performance
      4. 10.3 Standardization of CPV system and module performance measurement
      5. 10.4 System performance and energy yield prediction
      6. 10.5 Future trends
    4. 11: Large grid-connected photovoltaic power plants: Best practices for the design and operation of large photovoltaic power plants
      1. Abstract
      2. Acknowledgements
      3. 11.1 Introduction
      4. 11.2 The best plants in practice
      5. 11.3 PV plant design
      6. 11.4 Commissioning and acceptance
      7. 11.5 Operation and maintenance
      8. 11.6 Future trends
      9. 11.7 Further information
  12. Index