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

Abstract The object of this study was a 26 year old residential Photovoltaic (PV) monocrystalline silicon (c-Si) power plant, called Solar One, built by developer John F. Long in Phoenix, Arizona (a hot-dry field condition). The task for Arizona State University Photovoltaic Reliability Laboratory (ASU-PRL) graduate students was to evaluate the power plant through visual inspection, electrical performance, and infrared thermography. The purpose of this evaluation was to measure and understand the extent of degradation to the system along with the identification of the failure modes in this hot-dry climatic condition. This 4000 module bipolar system was originally installed with a 200 kW DC output of PV array (17 degree fixed tilt) and an AC output o... (more)
Created Date 2013
Contributor Belmont, Jonathan Mark (Author) / Tamizhmani, Govindasamy (Advisor) / Henderson, Mark (Committee member) / Rogers, Bradley (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Alternative energy / Engineering / Energy / Degradation / John F. Long / monocrystalline silicon / PV array / Solar One / Solar Power Plant
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 114 pages
Language English
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Note M.S.Tech Electrical Engineering 2013
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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