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Soiling of Photovoltaic Modules: Modelling and Validation of Location-Specific Cleaning Frequency Optimization

Abstract To increase the deployment of photovoltaic (PV) systems, a higher level of performance for PV modules should be sought. Soiling, or dust accumulation on the PV modules, is one of the conditions that negatively affect the performance of the PV modules by reducing the light incident onto the surface of the PV module. This thesis presents two studies that focus on investigating the soiling effect on the performance of the PV modules installed in Metro Phoenix area.

The first study was conducted to investigate the optimum cleaning frequency for cleaning PV modules installed in Mesa, AZ. By monitoring the soiling loss of PV modules mounted on a mock rooftop at ASU-PRL, a detailed soiling modeling was obtained. Same setup was also used for othe... (more)
Created Date 2014
Contributor Naeem, Mohammad (Author) / Tamizhmani, Govindasamy (Advisor) / Rogers, Bradley (Committee member) / Srinivasan, Devarajan (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Alternative energy / Electrical engineering / angle of incidence / dust / Photovoltaic modules / soiling / solar
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 149 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Engineering 2014
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
Additional Formats MODS / OAI Dublin Core / RIS

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