Performance assessment of grid-connected photovoltaic inverters based on field monitoring in India

Gobind Gopalakrishna Pillai, Nicola Pearsall, Ghanim Putrus, R. S. Anand, R. Pon Perumal

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Abstract

Most grid-connected photovoltaic inverters in the Indian market are designed based on European standards and have not been tested in the Indian climate. In this paper, the performances of eight photovoltaic inverters from three different manufacturers connected to a 40 kW grid-connected solar plant are assessed. Four photovoltaic topologies namely monocrystalline, poly-crystalline, copper indium gallium diselenide and amorphous silicon, each installed on both fixed and tracking structures, were considered. DC to AC conversion efficiency, Maximum Power Point Tracking efficiency and harmonic emission were chosen as the criteria for performance evaluation. Results showed that although the inverters analysed met the Indian standards in terms of harmonic emission, they underperformed in comparison to the rated efficiency at the experimental location indicating the impact of the Indian climatic conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 IEEE 5th International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems (PEDG)
PublisherIEEE
Pages1
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-1-4799-5115-4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event2014 IEEE 5th International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems - Galway, Ireland
Duration: 24 Jun 201427 Jun 2014

Conference

Conference2014 IEEE 5th International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems
Abbreviated titlePEDG 2014
CountryIreland
CityGalway
Period24/06/1427/06/14

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    Gopalakrishna Pillai, G., Pearsall, N., Putrus, G., Anand, R. S., & Pon Perumal, R. (2014). Performance assessment of grid-connected photovoltaic inverters based on field monitoring in India. In 2014 IEEE 5th International Symposium on Power Electronics for Distributed Generation Systems (PEDG) (pp. 1). IEEE. https://doi.org/10.1109/PEDG.2014.6878689