• Vol 7, No 2 (2016)
  • Mechanical Engineering

Electrical Rating of Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) Systems: Long-Term Performance Analysis and Comparison to Conventional PV Systems

Muhammad Burhan, Chua Kian Jon Ernest, Ng Kim Choon

Corresponding email: burhan@u.nus.edu


Published at : 29 Feb 2016
IJtech : IJtech Vol 7, No 2 (2016)
DOI : https://doi.org/10.14716/ijtech.v7i2.2983

Cite this article as:

Burhan, M., Ernest, C.K.J., Choon, N.K., 2016. Electrical Rating of Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) Systems: Long-Term Performance Analysis and Comparison to Conventional PV Systems. International Journal of Technology. Volume 7(2), pp.189-196

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Muhammad Burhan Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore, Block EA, #07-08, 9 Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117575
Chua Kian Jon Ernest Department of Mechanical Engineering, Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore, Block EA, #07-08, 9 Engineering Drive 1, Singapore 117575
Ng Kim Choon Water Desalination and Reuse Centre, 4700 King Abdullah University of Science & Technology Thuwal 23955-6900, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
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Abstract
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The dynamic nature of meteorological data and the commercial availability of diverse photovoltaic systems, ranging from single-junction silicon-based PV panels to concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) systems utilizing multi-junction solar cells and a two-axis solar tracker, demand a simple but accurate methodology for energy planners and PV system designers to understand the economic feasibility of photovoltaic or renewable energy systems. In this paper, an electrical rating methodology is proposed that provides a common playing field for planners, consumers and PV manufacturers to evaluate the long-term performance of photovoltaic systems, as long-term electricity rating is deemed to be a quick and accurate method to evaluate economic viability and determine plant sizes and photovoltaic system power production. A long-term performance analysis based on monthly and electrical ratings (in kWh/m2/year) of two developed CPV prototypes, the Cassegrain mini dish and Fresnel lens CPVs with triple-junction solar cells operating under the meteorological conditions of Singapore, is presented in this paper. Performances are compared to other conventional photovoltaic systems.

CPV, Electrical rating, Long-term performance, MJC, Solar tracker

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