An Online Novel Two-Layered Photovoltaic Fault Monitoring Technique Based Upon the Hybrid Parameters

Qamar Navid, Ahmed Hassan, Abbas A. Fardoun, Rashad Ramzan

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Abstract

The utility-scale photovoltaic power plants are facing unique challenges compared to the traditional fossil fuel-based power plant in terms of faults localization, diversity, and frequency. The complex nature of faults raises serious concerns about grid-connectivity of photovoltaic plants in terms of operability, power quality, grid stability, and breakdown vulnerability. One of the predominant problems concerning utility-scale photovoltaic power plants remains in the variety, frequency, and nature of faults occurring during operation. In this research work, an online novel cost-effective two-layered fault monitoring scheme is introduced based upon the thermal and electrical signatures. The proposed scheme is implemented on a 1.6 kW photovoltaic array and various faults (short circuit, open circuit, and ground fault) are induced in the photovoltaic modules. The scheme shows promising results in fault monitoring and classification without making any hardware modifications in the solar module. The proposed scheme is compared and validated through thermography and results indicates that the proposed fault monitoring scheme can monitor and characterize the faults effectively compared to traditional means through thermography.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2019 4th International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Technologies, SpliTech 2019
EditorsToni Perkovic, Katarina Vukojevic, Joel J.P.C. Rodrigues, Joel J.P.C. Rodrigues, Sandro Nizetic, Luigi Patrono, Petar Solic
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9789532900910
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019
Event4th International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Technologies, SpliTech 2019 - Bol/Split, Croatia
Duration: Jun 18 2019Jun 21 2019

Publication series

Name2019 4th International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Technologies, SpliTech 2019

Conference

Conference4th International Conference on Smart and Sustainable Technologies, SpliTech 2019
Country/TerritoryCroatia
CityBol/Split
Period6/18/196/21/19

Keywords

  • Fault Detection
  • Fault Monitoring
  • Ground Fault
  • Open Circuit Fault
  • Short Circuit Fault
  • Solar Photovoltaic
  • Thermography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Instrumentation
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment

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