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Climate-Specific Degradation Rate and Linearity Analysis of Photovoltaic Power Plants using Performance Ratio, Performance Index, and Raw kWh Methods

Abstract In the past 10 to 15 years, there has been a tremendous increase in the amount of photovoltaic (PV) modules being both manufactured and installed in the field. Power plants in the hundreds of megawatts are continuously being turned online as the world turns toward greener and sustainable energy. Due to this fact and to calculate LCOE (levelized cost of energy), it is understandably becoming more important to comprehend the behavior of these systems as a whole by calculating two key data: the rate at which modules are degrading in the field; the trend (linear or nonlinear) in which the degradation is occurring. As opposed to periodical in field intrusive current-voltage (I-V) measurements, non-intrusive measurements are preferable to obtain ... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Raupp, Christopher (Author) / Tamizhmani, Govindasamy (Advisor) / Srinivasan, Devarajan (Committee member) / Rogers, Bradley (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Alternative energy / Analysis / Climate / Degradation / Performance / Photovoltaic / Power
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 115 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Engineering 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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