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26+ Year Old Photovoltaic Power Plant: Degradation and Reliability Evaluation of Crystalline Silicon Modules - South Array

Abstract ABSTRACT As the use of photovoltaic (PV) modules in large power plants continues to increase globally, more studies on degradation, reliability, failure modes, and mechanisms of field aged modules are needed to predict module life expectancy based on accelerated lifetime testing of PV modules. In this work, a 26+ year old PV power plant in Phoenix, Arizona has been evaluated for performance, reliability, and durability. The PV power plant, called Solar One, is owned and operated by John F. Long's homeowners association. It is a 200 kWdc, standard test conditions (STC) rated power plant comprised of 4000 PV modules or frameless laminates, in 100 panel groups (rated at 175 kWac). The power plant is made of two center-tapped bipolar arrays... (more)
Created Date 2012
Contributor Olakonu, Kolapo Olanrewaju (Author) / Tamizhmani, Govindasamy (Advisor) / Srinivasan, Devarajan (Committee member) / Rogers, Bradley (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Energy / Alternative energy / Degradation / Photovoltaic / Reliability / Solar
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 106 pages
Language English
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Note M.S.Tech Technology 2012
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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