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1st Edition

Photovoltaic System Design
Procedures, Tools and Applications

ISBN 9781482259803
Published August 12, 2016 by CRC Press
254 Pages - 24 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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 the Overall 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

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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.