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Photovoltaic System Design

Procedures, Tools and Applications, 1st Edition

By Suneel Deambi

CRC Press

254 pages | 24 B/W Illus.

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Introducing a Reliable Green Technology That Can Help Improve System Performance

Solely centered on photovoltaic (PV) system sizing and the tools used for PV system analysis and design, Photovoltaic System Design: Procedures, Tools and Applications emphasizes the importance of using solar PV technologies for a number of end-use applications, and examines growing interest in solar PV-based projects on a global scale. Written for the system designer/project developer/manufacturer dedicated to correctly sizing a PV system, the book outlines various aspects of PV technology, applications, and programs. It describes key attributes, system design requirements, influence on climatic and site-specific parameters, utilization of simulation procedures, and expected performance. The author includes actual case studies for system designing procedures adopted by various companies and provides a framework for working through both direct and indirect variables under the actual system designing phase.

A vital resource essential to your collection, this book:

  • Touches upon the role of renewable energy technologies in a holistic energy scenario
  • Makes a clear categorization of off-grid and on-grid PV applications and discusses advantages and limitations
  • Considers the potential of solar radiation availability
  • Introduces PV system sizing procedures via the modern use of simulation softwares
  • Presents an analysis of actual PV power plant sites when designed via the use of simulation software
  • Determines the weak links in a PV system
  • Brings out the importance of capacity building initiatives vis-à-vis the available range of PV simulation software, tools, and procedures

Photovoltaic System Design: Procedures, Tools and Applications provides a clear understanding of the issues that can affect the operation and smooth running of PV facilities and aids in determining photovoltaic system sizing procedures from a variety of end-use considerations. The book encompasses civil, mechanical, electrical, geotechnical, and power systems engineering and is useful to industry professionals involved in solar power plant design.

Table of Contents

Role of Renewable Energy Technologies in theOverall Energy Scenario at a Global Level


Global Energy-Use Status

Resource Mix

Existing Investment Climate for Renewable Energy Technologies

Projected Worldwide Goals for the Development and Deployment of Solar Technology

Key Challenges and Opportunities

Summary of Latest Indian Energy Scenario


Off-Grid and On-Grid PV Applications


Commonly Used Off-Grid PV Products

Grid-Connected Rooftop Solar Power Plant

Solar Net-Metering

Electricity Bill with Solar Net-Metering – A Few Case-Specific Examples

Estimated Rooftop Potential for Central Government Buildings

Status of Large-Capacity Grid-Connected Power Generation


Solar Radiation Availability on Earth


About the Earth

Radiation Emissions

Solar Radiation Terminology

Sun–Earth Geometric Relationship

Radiation Measurement Techniques

Overview of Solar Radiation Measurement

Activity in India


On-Site-Specific Considerations


Efforts at Preliminary Siting of PV Power Plants

Solar PV Selection Model in GIS Environment

Role of Geotechnical Investigation in Solar PV Power Plants

Overview of Risks in Solar Projects Prior to Their Commissioning


PV System Design Considerations


Key Attributes of Solar Modules

Current–Voltage Characteristics

Additional Attributes of a Solar PV System

System Design-Specific Considerations

Balance of System

Sizing of PV System

Cost of a PV System

Introduction to PV System Sizing Procedures via Simulation Software


Trends on Advanced Simulation Software Development for PV Installation

Comparative Features of Various Simulation Software

Manual and Simulated System-Sizing Procedures

Determination of Peak Variation and Possible Plant Rating

Loss-Making Factors in PV Systems


Real-Time Application of PV Simulation Software


Performance Ratio versus CUF

CERC Field Assessment Study of PV Power Plants

Design versus Actual Data Variations for an Off-Grid PV Power Plant

International Experiences

Field Observational Study of Resolve Solar


Capacity-Building Initiatives for Simulation Software Outreach


Geographical Regions Generally Targeted

Third-Party Evaluation of PV Systems

Miscellaneous Initiatives at Capacity Building in India


About the Author

Suneel Deambi, PhD, is a solar energy specialist with practical experience of about 25 years in the renewable energy (RE) sector. His active areas of interest are RE policy, planning, technology, financing, programme implementation, performance evaluation and capacity building initiatives. He is a prolific writer on energy–environment issues with three books to his credit plus a large number of published articles/features/reviews etc. in the leading media of information dissemination.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SCIENCE / Energy
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Alternative & Renewable
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Power Resources / Electrical