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Performance Enhancement of Solar Photovoltaic Panels using Air-water Mixture and Sustainable Solutions to Off-Grid Electrification

Version 1 : Received: 15 October 2018 / Approved: 15 October 2018 / Online: 15 October 2018 (16:36:34 CEST)

How to cite: Najeeb, N.S.; Soori, P.K.; Al Madanat, I. Performance Enhancement of Solar Photovoltaic Panels using Air-water Mixture and Sustainable Solutions to Off-Grid Electrification. Preprints 2018, 2018100325 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201810.0325.v1). Najeeb, N.S.; Soori, P.K.; Al Madanat, I. Performance Enhancement of Solar Photovoltaic Panels using Air-water Mixture and Sustainable Solutions to Off-Grid Electrification. Preprints 2018, 2018100325 (doi: 10.20944/preprints201810.0325.v1).

Abstract

Solar Energy has enormous potential to fulfill the energy requirements of the world and can be extracted using solar cells. However, the solar cells are affected by poor efficiency and further affected by wind speed, orientation of the panel, temperature and dust deposition. There are different cleaning technologies devised by many industry experts to clean the solar panels. However, they are facing drawbacks when deployed in the solar farm. An efficient cleaning system, along with an added cooling system must be devised, so that the solar panels must be cleaned and cooled often to maximize the energy production. This paper presents a low-cost, energy-efficient, smart and innovative dust cleaning and cooling system for Photovoltaic (PV) Panels. The system is designed, fabricated, fully-automated using Programmable Logic Controller (PLC) and tested successfully. A battery-charging kiosk, capable of charging two, 24V Lead Acid Batteries embedded within this prototype, shall provide clean-energy in a sustainable manner to the rural communities of the developing nations. The user can check the status of the battery such as battery voltage, battery temperature, and state of charge on the Human Machine Interface (HMI) panel while charging the batteries

Subject Areas

Dust Accumulation; Human Machine Interface (HMI); Programmable Logic Controller (PLC); Soiling

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