A granular modeling method for non-uniform panel degradation based on I–V characterization and electroluminescence imaging

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)162-178
Journal / PublicationSolar Energy
Online published9 Sep 2021
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2021


A new model of photovoltaic (PV) panel is proposed. The model precisely replicates sub-cell level degradation, such as cracks and interconnect failures, and reproduces their effect at the panel level I–V characteristic. Moreover, a regression method is proposed, which infers the model's parameters from combination of electroluminescent (EL) image and degraded I–V characteristic. The combination of quantitative (EL image) and qualitative (I–V characteristic) enables to characterize the degradation of the cells embedded in the PV panel, without physical access to the cells. The proposed model and the regression problem is experimentally verified on a set of 3 single cell measurements and a set of 4 crystalline PV panels with various levels of degradation.

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  • Degradation modeling, Evolutionary algorithm, Preventive diagnostics

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