In this paper, we address the problem of modeling the thermal behavior of photovoltaic (PV) cells undergoing a hotspot condition. In case of shading, PV cells may experience a dramatic temperature increase, with consequent reduction of the provided power. Our model has been validated against experimental data, and has highlighted a counterintuitive PV cell behavior, that should be considered to improve the energy efficiency of PV arrays. Then, we propose a hotspot detection scheme, enabling to identify the PV module that is under hotspot condition. Such a scheme can be used to avoid the permanent damage of the cells under hotspot, thus their drawback on the power efficiency of the entire PV system.

Modeling and detection of hotspot in shaded photovoltaic cells

Rossi D.
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2015

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In this paper, we address the problem of modeling the thermal behavior of photovoltaic (PV) cells undergoing a hotspot condition. In case of shading, PV cells may experience a dramatic temperature increase, with consequent reduction of the provided power. Our model has been validated against experimental data, and has highlighted a counterintuitive PV cell behavior, that should be considered to improve the energy efficiency of PV arrays. Then, we propose a hotspot detection scheme, enabling to identify the PV module that is under hotspot condition. Such a scheme can be used to avoid the permanent damage of the cells under hotspot, thus their drawback on the power efficiency of the entire PV system.
Rossi, D.; Omana, M.; Giaffreda, D.; Metra, C.
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