Embedded data acquisition systems for the logging and monitoring of pv parameters

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Abstract

Data Acquisition Systems (DAS) have already been used to acquire signals that range from medical, renewable energy, audio, etc. Photovoltaic PV) produced energy signals regularly vary with the amount of received solar irradiance and environmental factors such as the solar panel temperatures. Users with the interest of knowing the degree of PV output energy variations often use online solar maps and climatic records to build and evaluate solar profiles. This research proposes to take advantage of the dropping prices and high performance of microcontrollers to build aa DAS that will be used to monitor and logs PV produced power together with surrounding temperature values. The microcontroller circuit is interfaced to a voltage /current detector, temperature sensor and an optional battery detection circuit. The logging aspect will also enable solar profiling of received solar irradiance and PV panel temperatures, which will then reduce the reliance upon solar maps and climatic data that are not always free. By using a DAS, users will be able to monitor and build their custom solar profiles based on received solar irradiance together with temperature information. The stored records or live information will be useful in the maintenance or upgrades of Photovoltaic energy systems.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2nd African International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, 2020
PublisherIEOM Society
Pages2199-2204
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781792361234
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event2nd African International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, IEOM 2020 - Harare, Zimbabwe
Duration: 7 Dec 202010 Dec 2020

Publication series

NameProceedings of the International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management
Volume59
ISSN (Electronic)2169-8767

Conference

Conference2nd African International Conference on Industrial Engineering and Operations Management, IEOM 2020
Country/TerritoryZimbabwe
CityHarare
Period7/12/2010/12/20

Keywords

  • Logging
  • Photovoltaic
  • Solar profile

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering

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