Solar energy is an alternative energy source that has the potential to provide energy for the very increasing global population. Photovoltaic modules are the means by which solar energy is collected. Photovoltaic modules convert sunlight into direct-current (DC) electricity which can then be converted to alternating current (AC) electricity and used in regular household systems. This research aimed to determine the measured and predicted performance of a photovoltaic grid-connected system in a humid subtropical climate. Simulation and numerical models were used to determine the predicted performance of the system to be compared to the recorded data from the system. In addition, the research allowed for long term simulation analysis of the system under varying conditions and can assist with optimization of the photovoltaic system.
Date of publication
Lovelace, Racquel, "Measured and Predicted Performance of a Photovoltaic Grid-Connected System in a Humid Subtropical Climate" (2015). Mechanical Engineering Theses. Paper 3.