Charge Measurement of Dust Particles on Photovoltaic Module

K. Dastoori, G. Al-Shabaan, M. Kolhe, D. Thompson, B. Makin

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    Photovoltaic (PV) systems are one of the most promising renewable energy sources in the world, and hence it is important to explore the factors that affect the working / operational efficiency of this source. Many factors can affect the
    efficiency of the solar cells such as: dust accumulation on the surface of the arrays; cell material; shading; tilt angle of the cells; orientation of the PV modules and cell temperatures. This research is focused on the analyzing the effect of charged dust particles on the PV module performance. A number of studies have demonstrated the effect of dust accumulation on the PV modules’ performance. But the relation between the amounts of charge of the dust particles and the PV module performance is still not well investigated. Various experiments conducted during this research work to investigate the relation between the amount of charge of the dust particles and their impact on percentage reduction of the PV modules’ output voltages. The experimental results have shown that the charged particles have significant impact on PV modules’ output voltages and also accumulation of charged dust particles has not any impact of PV modules’ tilt angles.

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    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationProceedings of the 8th International Symposium on Advanced Topics in Electrical Engineering
    Number of pages4
    ISBN (Print)9781467359795
    Publication statusPublished - 2013
    Event8th International Symposium on Advanced Topics in Electrical Engineering - The Faculty of Electrical Engineering, University POLITEHNICA of Bucharest, Bucharest, Romania
    Duration: 23 May 201324 May 2013


    Conference8th International Symposium on Advanced Topics in Electrical Engineering
    Abbreviated titleATEE 2013
    Internet address


    • charge measurement
    • solar cell arrays
    • cell material
    • charge level
    • dust accumulation
    • dust particles
    • photovoltaic module
    • photovoltaic systems
    • shading
    • solar cells
    • tilt angle
    • Atmospheric measurements
    • Corona
    • Particle measurements
    • Powders
    • Voltage measurement
    • Photovoltaic
    • charge impact of dust particles


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