Analysis of the operational performance and efficiency characteristic for photovoltaic system in Hong Kong

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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1107-1118
Journal / PublicationEnergy Conversion and Management
Issue number7-8
Publication statusPublished - May 2005


The applications of photovoltaic (PV) systems have become more widespread in both developed and developing countries. The most critical exercise in designing a PV system is the determination of the optimum size of the solar panel and the battery capacity to meet the load demand with acceptable reliability. The amount of power generated by a PV system strongly depends on the availability of solar insolation at the required location. Also, the efficiency of a PV system is influenced considerably by a number of climatic variables, such as solar irradiance availability and ambient temperature. The technical information is provided for standard test conditions that may never occur in practice. Reliable knowledge of the performance of PV systems under actual operating conditions is essential for correct product selection and accurate performance prediction. This paper investigates the operational performance and efficiency characteristic of a small PV system installed at the City University of Hong Kong. The solar data and the power generated by the PV system are systematically recorded and analysed. The findings provide technical data in different months for designers and engineers to assess and size PV systems. © 2004 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Research Area(s)

  • Efficiency, Photovoltaic, Power generation, Reliability, Solar irradiance