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Scientific and economic comparison of outdoor characterisation methods for photovoltaic power plants

Mühleisen, W., Hirschl, C., Brantegger, G., Neumaier, L., Spielberger, M., Sonnleitner, H., Kubicek, B., Ujvari, G., Ebner, R., Schwark, M., Eder, G.C., Voronko, Y., Knöbl, K., Stoicescu, L.
Renewable energy 2019 v.134 pp. 321-329
power plants, screening, solar energy, thermography
Over the last years, the development of innovative, fast and non-destructive characterisation techniques for the detection of PV-module failures and advanced analysis of yield losses in photovoltaic power plants has become a key challenge in scientific research. Besides standard on-site thermographic screening, several novel and easily applied methods were developed and successfully tested. They differ mainly in their possible field of application, their applicability in the detection of different failure types and their cost of setup and operation. In order to evaluate the boundary conditions of application for the various methods, different defective PV-modules were comparatively investigated with commercially available and innovative outdoor analysis methods. The results were evaluated with regard to error detection rate and economics. Based on this comparison, efficient operation and maintenance (O&M) measures for early and general failure detection within large power plants can be deducted.