Improving capacity factor and performance ratio

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24 Nov 2021 04:23 #10311 by Ahmed Mohamed
Hi,
How can one improve capacity factor and performance ratio of PV system?
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Ahmed

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30 Nov 2021 01:12 #10324 by Paul Gilman
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Hi Ahmed,

There are several different ways you can improve the capacity factor and performance ratio of a photovoltaic system.

I think this might be a question for a homework assignment or test, so I am hesitant to answer it.

Please let me know if you have specific questions about how to model a potential improvement in SAM.

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Paul.

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16 Dec 2021 02:15 #10404 by Ahmed Mohamed
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Paul,

This is actually for a long-term project I am working on.  See attached.  I am not sure if the system components I picked are the best for this residential application or not.  There are a lot of options to pick from in terms of modules and inverters.  I watched the videos, and I used the optimization macros to help me pick the best system for the application.  Yet, I cannot seem to improve on these two performance parameters.  I would really appreciate it if you could at least point me in the right direction.
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Ahmed

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16 Dec 2021 16:05 #10405 by Paul Gilman
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Hi Ahmed,

The capacity factor and performance ratio shown in that report seem reasonable to me.

Some common ways to improve those metrics include increasing the DC-AC ratio, adjusting the array orientation (tilt, and possibly azimuth angle), and using a more efficient module and/or inverter.

There may be limits on what you can do. For example, for a roof-mounted array, you may not be able to adjust the orientation of the array, or there may be a limit on what equipment is available for your project.

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