Investigation of the Effect of Lightning on Solar PV Systems


Iram, Taher and Siow, Chun Lim (2022) Investigation of the Effect of Lightning on Solar PV Systems. Periodic Research Publication, Faculty of Engineering. (Unpublished)

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With depletion of fossil fuels, the shift towards renewable energy can be observed, namely with solar photovoltaic systems. However, the placement of the PV systems in the open systems makes them vulnurable to the treats of lightning strikes, eventually affecting the whole system and altering its performance. Thus, using PSCAD, a 400-kW grid connector solar PV system has been modelled to study on. The lightning current model was done based on the Double Exponential Function with standard and non-standard waveforms. The lightning current was then injected in the DC side of the PV system, with various amplitudes of lightning current for each specific waveforms. From the transient that was observed due to injection, it was made clear that it can travel to the grid through the inverters, transformers and put the system at risk. Thus, this paper can be useful to decide suitable ratings for lightning protective equipments to be installed.

Item Type: Other
Uncontrolled Keywords: Energy, solar
Subjects: T Technology > TK Electrical engineering. Electronics Nuclear engineering > TK1001-1841 Production of electric energy or power. Powerplants. Central stations
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering (FOE)
Depositing User: Assoc. Dr Chee Pun Ooi
Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2022 04:08
Last Modified: 30 Nov 2022 04:08


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