Performance of a 34 kWp grid-connected PV system in Indonesia : A comparison of tropical and European PV systems

A.J. Veldhuis, A.H.M.E. Reinders

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We analysed a monitored grid-connected PV system of 34 kW p in Indonesia to investigate the performance of PV systems in tropical climates. The PV system has been installed in Jayapura, the capital of the Province of Papua, Indonesia, by the beginning of 2012. Due to the aged gensets and frequent lack of fuel, the city regularly suffers from black-outs ranging from a few minutes to a complete day. Energy losses are related to the temperature (46%), to power outages (28%) and to system faults (27%), all relative to the total estimated energy losses of 7.2 MWh, which account to 17% of the total electricity production during the investigated period. When the PV system is online, it performs well with PRs of 78% and 79% for both Tripower arrays, 91 % for the SMC array and the Involar array performing significantly less, with an average PR of 54%. This is in line with other PV systems in Europe.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 IEEE 40th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2014 : Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado, 8-13 June 2014
Place of PublicationPiscataway
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781479943982
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014
Externally publishedYes
Event40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC 2014) - Colorado Convention Center, Denver, United States
Duration: 8 Jun 201413 Jun 2014
Conference number: 40


Conference40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC 2014)
Abbreviated titlePVSC 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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  • Indonesia
  • performance
  • PV systems
  • tropical


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