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Title: System and method for design and optimization of grid connected photovoltaic power plant with multiple photovoltaic module technologies

A system and method of using one or more DC-DC/DC-AC converters and/or alternative devices allows strings of multiple module technologies to coexist within the same PV power plant. A computing (optimization) framework estimates the percentage allocation of PV power plant capacity to selected PV module technologies. The framework and its supporting components considers irradiation, temperature, spectral profiles, cost and other practical constraints to achieve the lowest levelized cost of electricity, maximum output and minimum system cost. The system and method can function using any device enabling distributed maximum power point tracking at the module, string or combiner level.
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Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
1244216
Report Number(s):
9,300,140
13/535,617
DOE Contract Number:
EE0000572
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 2012 Jun 28
Research Org:
General Electric Company, Niskayuna, NY (United States)
Sponsoring Org:
USDOE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 97 MATHEMATICS AND COMPUTING; 24 POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION