Title: Design and simulation of a PV-grid connected system

Authors: Issa Etier; Mohammad Ababneh; Anas Al Tarabsheh

Addresses: Department of Electrical Engineering, Hashemite University, 13115 Zarqa, Jordan ' Department of Mechatronics Engineering, Hashemite University, 13115 Zarqa, Jordan ' Department of Electrical Engineering, Hashemite University, 13115 Zarqa, Jordan

Abstract: This work presents the design and simulation of 10 kW grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) systems as feasible power generators for the Hashemite University campus (32.05°N, 36.06°E). The simulation is performed to justify the accuracy and reliability of such design using PV-SOL and Meteonorm simulation software. In the primary simulation runs a set of parameters including the module power, PV-solar panel size, inverter type, global radiation and angle of inclination were used. The results of those runs lead to the final simulation parameters which are used for the 10 kW PV system. This work also presents a comparison between the performances of different PV panel sizes and different inclination angles. The final design of 10-kW PV-system consists of 33 PV panels of 300 W each and three inverters of 3.4 kW each. In order to highlight the economical and ecological effectiveness and the promising potential of the proposed system, a comparison between the costs of one kWh generated by our system with that of the public electricity tariff has been conducted.

Keywords: grid-connected PV systems; solar panels; inverters; inclination angle; PV system design; simulation; photovoltaic systems; solar energy; solar power; power generation.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCSE.2015.070991

International Journal of Computational Science and Engineering, 2015 Vol.10 No.4, pp.423 - 429

Received: 26 Jan 2012
Accepted: 17 May 2012

Published online: 05 Aug 2015 *

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