A METHOD TO DETECT PHOTO VOLTAIC ARRAY FAULTS IN PV SYSTEMS
Author’s Name : Mrs V Mohanapriya | Mr J Manoj | Ms J Kavitha | Ms S Mythili
Volume 05 Issue 03 Year 2018 ISSN No: 2349-2503 Page no: 20-24
Abnormal conditions such as faults and partial shading lead to a reduction in the maximum available power from a photovoltaic (PV) array. Thus, it is necessary to detect partial shading and faults in a PV array for improved system efficiency and reliability. Conventional protection devices fail to detect faults under cloudy and low irradiance conditions, leading to safety issues and fire hazards in the PV field. This paper proposes a method to detect faults and partial shading under all irradiation conditions using the measured values of array voltage, array current, and irradiance. The proposed method enables classification of the status of the PV array into three possible scenarios, viz., normal operating condition, partial shading, and fault.
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