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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2012, Article ID 892690, 10 pages
Research Article

Two-Stage Fault Diagnosis Method Based on the Extension Theory for PV Power Systems

Department of Electrical Engineering, National Chin-Yi University of Technology, Taichung 41110, Taiwan

Received 28 March 2012; Accepted 19 April 2012

Academic Editor: Vincenzo Augugliaro

Copyright © 2012 Meng-Hui Wang and Mu-Jia Chen. 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.


In order to shorten the maintenance time and make sure of the photovoltaic (PV) power generation system steadily in operation, a fault diagnosis system for photovoltaic power generation system was proposed in this paper. First, a PSIM software is used to simulate a 2.2 kW PV system, it can take the operating date of the PV system under different sunlight intensity and temperature conditions. In this paper, a two-stage diagnosis system based on the extension theory for PV power systems is proposed; the proposed method is not only be able to troubleshoot the system fault but also the damaged module can also be located. The primary strategy is to utilize the diagnosis array of daylight identification and to use light scanning of the damage array at night. Via wireless network the data is transmitted back to the diagnosis system for identifying the location of damaged module. The time and energy of manually locating the fault module can be greatly saved. Finally, the methods as proposed in this paper have been compared with other existing methods, by which to verify its superiority and usability.