Fault Monitoring of Solar Panels Using Wi-Fi
6 Pages Posted: 22 Jul 2019 Last revised: 30 Sep 2019
Date Written: May 18, 2019
In today’s scenario of power generation, the solar power plays a vital role. Harnessing the solar energy to its optimum level has been a major challenge for the scientists and engineers for over a decade. With advances in the technology, we have come up with two widely accepted methods of generation of electricity from the solar energy, viz. solar thermal generation and solar photovoltaic generation, of which, the later one has been the most popular. Solar photovoltaic, in spite of being the most passive and convenient method, is quite heavier on the budget when it comes to its installation cost. Also, replacement or maintenance of this expensive equipment can cause a heavy toll on the economics of the utility. Therefore, it becomes essential to protect the photovoltaic system from severe damage. The solar cells are semiconductor devices, which are quite sensitive to its parameters such as current, temperature, resistance, etc. As the solar panels are open in the atmosphere, they are subjected to the drastic changes that occur in the atmosphere. This may lead to uncontrolled damage to the solar panels. In order to avoid any severe damage, it is essential to detect and resolve the faults in time.
Keywords: solar photovoltaic, fault monitoring, Arduino Uno R3, Wi-Fi module
JEL Classification: Y60
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