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Photovoltaic module and system fault analysis

Hairudin, Muhammad (2016) Photovoltaic module and system fault analysis. Honours thesis, Murdoch University.

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This thesis project consists of two parts; Photovoltaic Module and System Fault Reporting Portal (PVFRP) and the developed Photovoltaic Array Troubleshooting and Educational (PVT) Facility. The PVFRP was established in 2014 and coordinated by Murdoch University in collaboration with the Australian PV Institute, Clean Energy Council, University of New South Wales, and Centre for Alternative Technology. This particular online fault reporting system was developed to increase the understanding and instigate awareness of the PV industry and investors regarding the type of issues and challenges within different PV system components in the Australian environment. The objective being to improve the future PV system design, component selection, and product improvement in accordance with the Australian standards.

The PVT facility was designed, constructed, tested and developed by Kieran Peters and Murdoch University in 2015. The PVT facility is a useful tool in conducting experiments involving series or parallel configuration of arrays and investigating shading effects and effectiveness of overcurrent protection devices under different fault scenarios. This provides a good exposure for engineering students in Murdoch University to learn and analyse techniques and performance of an industry standard PV system through various experiments and demonstrations. Thus leading to a better understanding of the PV system and the PV industry which is growing exponentially every year.

Item Type: Thesis (Honours)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Information Technology
Supervisor(s): Calais, Martina
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