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Journal of Applied Sciences
  Year: 2012 | Volume: 12 | Issue: 18 | Page No.: 1953-1959
DOI: 10.3923/jas.2012.1953.1959
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Outdoor Performance Characterization of Multi-Crystalline Silicon Solar Module
S. Parthasarathy, P. Neelamegam and P. Thilakan

The performance parameters of solar modules are characterized under Standard Test Conditions (STC). However, solar modules when deployed outdoor results in the output that differs from its output obtained at STC, due to the influence of various environmental factors, leading to confusion in deciding the appropriate electrical components and loads used for Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) power plant. In view of the above, Outdoor performance characterization of the multi-crystalline silicon solar module was studied. Daily solar illumination data were measured using an optical Pyranometer and analyzed together with the module output power. Blow of air mass was found very active at the site. Stable voltage output and dynamic current outputs were recorded. The average module efficiency of ~10 and 9.5% were obtained for the high and low illumination days, respectively. However, the integrated daily efficiency was found as 9.8% irrespective of the variation in solar illumination. Percentage of variations between the solar illumination and its associated current output under the blow of air mass were not found matching. Higher blow of air mass and its associated reduction in the solar insolation condition found yielding higher current output than the expected.
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S. Parthasarathy, P. Neelamegam and P. Thilakan, 2012. Outdoor Performance Characterization of Multi-Crystalline Silicon Solar Module. Journal of Applied Sciences, 12: 1953-1959.

DOI: 10.3923/jas.2012.1953.1959








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