publication . Article . 2018

Effects of soiling on photovoltaic (PV) modules in the Atacama Desert

R. R. Cordero; A. Damiani; D. Laroze; S. MacDonell; J. Jorquera; E. Sepúlveda; S. Feron; P. Llanillo; F. Labbe; J. Carrasco; ...
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  • Published: 01 Sep 2018
  • Country: Chile
Abstract
Abstract Soiling by dry deposition affects the power output of photovoltaic (PV) modules, especially under dry and arid conditions that favor natural atmospheric aerosols (wind-blown dust). In this paper, we report on measurements of the soiling effect on the energy yield of grid-connected crystalline silicon PV modules deployed in five cities across a north-south transect of approximately 1300 km in the Atacama Desert ranging from latitude 18°S to latitude 30°S. Energy losses were assessed by comparing side-by-side outputs of four co-planar PV modules. Two of the PV modules of the array were kept clean as a control, while we allowed the other two to naturally a...
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free text keywords: Medicine, R, Science, Q, Multidisciplinary, Arid, Pollution, media_common.quotation_subject, media_common, Transect, Environmental science, Deposition (aerosol physics), Precipitation, Latitude, Crystalline silicon, Photovoltaic system, Atmospheric sciences
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publication . Article . 2018

Effects of soiling on photovoltaic (PV) modules in the Atacama Desert

R. R. Cordero; A. Damiani; D. Laroze; S. MacDonell; J. Jorquera; E. Sepúlveda; S. Feron; P. Llanillo; F. Labbe; J. Carrasco; ...