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Title: Proceedings of the Flat-Plate Solar Array Project Research Forum on the design of flat-plate photovoltaic arrays for central stations

The Flat-Plate Solar Array Project, managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for the US Department of Energy, has focused on advancing technologies relevant to the design and construction of megawatt-level central-station systems. Photovoltaic modules and arrays for flat-plate central-station or other large-scale electric power production facilities require the establishment of a technical base that resolves design issues and results in practical and cost-effective configurations. The Central Station Research Forum addressed design, qualification and maintenance issues related to central-station arrays derived from the engineering and operating experiences of early applications and parallel laboratory research activities. Technical issues were examined from the viewpoint of the utility engineer, architect-engineer and laboratory researcher. The forum included presentations on optimum source-circuit designs, module insulation design for high system voltages, array safety, structural interface design, measurements and array operation and maintenance. The Research Forum focused on current capabilities as well as design difficulties requiring additional technological thrusts and/or continued research emphasis. Session topic summaries highlighting major points during group discussions, identifying promising technical approaches or areas of future research, are presented.
Publication Date:
OSTI Identifier:
6476650
Report Number(s):
DOE/JPL-1012-98; JPL-PUB-84-44; CONF-831290-
ON: DE85000332
DOE Contract Number:
AI01-76ET20356
Resource Type:
Conference
Resource Relation:
Conference: Design of flat-plate photovoltaic arrays for central stations research forum, Sacramento, CA, USA, 5 Dec 1983
Research Org:
Jet Propulsion Lab., Pasadena, CA (USA)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; PHOTOVOLTAIC POWER PLANTS; MEETINGS; SOLAR CELL ARRAYS; DESIGN; BREAKDOWN; ELECTRICAL INSULATION; EQUIPMENT INTERFACES; MAINTENANCE; PERFORMANCE TESTING; SAFETY; DOCUMENT TYPES; EQUIPMENT; POWER PLANTS; SOLAR EQUIPMENT; SOLAR POWER PLANTS; TESTING 140600* -- Solar Energy-- Photovoltaic Power Systems; 140501 -- Solar Energy Conversion-- Photovoltaic Conversion