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Advances in Power Electronics
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 831560, 8 pages
Research Article

PV Systems Installed in Marine Vessels: Technologies and Specifications

1Division of Marine Engineering, School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering, National Technical University of Athens, 9 Heroon Politechniou Street, 15773 Zografou, Greece
2Laboratory of Electromechanical Energy Conversion, Power Systems Division, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of Patras, University Campus of Patras, 26504 Rio, Greece

Received 25 October 2012; Accepted 22 January 2013

Academic Editor: George Antonopoulos

Copyright © 2013 Ioannis Kobougias et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Considerations are held about the specificationin whichthe PV plants have to fulfill so that they can be installed on marine vessels. Initially, a brief description of the typical electrical grid of ships is presented, distinguishing the main parts, reporting the typical electrical magnitudes, and choosing the most preferable installation areas. The technical specifications,in whichthe PV plants have to be compatible with, are fully described. They are determined by the special marine environmental conditions, taking into consideration parameters like wind, humidity, shading, corrosion, and limited installation area. The work is carried out with the presentation of the most popular trends in the field of solar cell types and PV system technologies and their ability to keep up with the aforementioned specifications.