Power conditioning subsystems for photovoltaic central-station power plants - Technology and performance

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Central-Station (CS) Photovoltaic (PV) systems have the potential of economically displacing significant amounts of centrally generated electricity. However, the technical viability and, to some extent, the economic viability of central-station PV generation technology will depend upon the availability of large power conditioners that are efficient, safe, reliable, and economical. This paper is an overview of the technical and cost requirements that must be met to develop economically viable power conditioning subsystems (PCS) for central-station power plants. The paper also examines various already commercially available PCS hardware that may be suitable for use in today's central PV power stations.

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    ABSTRACT: References on the diverse applications of photovoltaic (PV) systems around the world are classified. The classes presented are (i) stand-alone, (ii) grid-connected, (iii) PV-thermal, (iv) PV-wind, and (v) dedicated applications. 73 papers are cited and classified into these five categories including a brief summary of each paper. Out of these, 42 papers relate to grid-connected applications in many industrialized countries of the world. These papers reflect the importance given to such applications. Due to the rapidly changing nature of PV and related industries, only papers published during the last ten years are considered
    IEEE Transactions on Energy Conversion 01/1989; 3(4-3):738 - 746. DOI:10.1109/60.9347 · 2.33 Impact Factor