Merhaba Misafir

Application of genetic algorithm to solar panel efficiency; a case study of port-harcourt metropolis


This study focuses on the evaluation of solar panel efficiency used within Port Harcourt environment. A major factor affecting the efficiency of solar panels is the difference in region or weather and the ability of the solar panel to convert incident radiation into electrical energy. Solar panels have varying efficiency levels under different weather conditions. Most times solar panels fall short of expected efficiencies. It is therefore important to have adequate knowledge of the performance characteristics of a panel under specific weather to ensure maximum output. For this research work, the panel whose efficiency was evaluated is China Solar 125W. The panel is a Polycrystalline solar panel made of Gallium Arsenide having a very high surface recombination ability. The panel has 72cells and a cross sectional area of.. To evaluate the efficiency of the panel two methods were adopted to establish the response of the panel specific to Port Harcourt weather. The first method involved taking hourly reading of the parameters of the panel by subjecting the panel to outdoor atmospheric condition and recording the values obtained and comparing the result with that on the manufacturers sheet. The second method involved the collection of weather data. The weather data for Port-Harcourt was collected from the center for data collation Rivers State University. The peak radiation value obtained from the weather data for the year under consideration is used to calculate the efficiency of the panel and the value obtained compared with the maximum efficiency stipulated by the manufacturer. This efficiency was found to be low. Genetic Algorithm was then used to determine the optimal parameters of the cells making up the panel to obtain an optimized cell to improve the efficiency of the panel. To do this the cell initial properties were extracted and tabulated genetic algorithm used to improve this properties achieving better efficiency in the process.

Yayınlandığı Kaynak : International Journal of Engineering Technologies IJET
  • Yıl : 2018
  • Cilt : 4
  • ISSN : 2149-0104
  • Sayı : 2
  • eISSN : 2149-5262
  • Sayfa Aralığı : 60-69
  • IO Kayıt No : 82462
  • Yayıncı : İstanbul Gelişim Üniversitesi