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Title:I-V Characterization of Thin-Film Photovoltaics
Author(s):Grewal, Sartaj S.
Contributor(s):Pilawa-Podgurski, Robert
Subject(s):thin-film photovoltaics
multiple photovoltaic panels
Abstract:This thesis seeks to develop a compact, low-cost, and reliable solution to characterize the I-V relationship of multiple photovoltaic panels. For this purpose, a custom relay circuit board is developed, which houses 12 DC-DC solid-state relays, control, and interfacing circuitry. With the addition of basic peripheral components including a computer, a microcontroller, two multimeters, and an electronic load, three photovoltaic panels can be characterized in a single sweep. It is shown that the limiting factors on the panel size depend on the allowable specifcations for either the relays or the electronic load, whichever is minimum. In the final experiment, three thin-film photovoltaic panels are characterized adopting novel PV emulation techniques.
Issue Date:2013-05
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2014-03-19

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