International Journal of Photoenergy

Solar Photovoltaic Power Plants


Publishing date
07 Apr 2017
Status
Published
Submission deadline
18 Nov 2016

Guest Editors

1Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology, Rajshahi, Bangladesh

2Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China

3University of Technology Sydney, Sydney, Australia

4Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark


Solar Photovoltaic Power Plants

Description

Up until 2014, about 1,600 installations worldwide with a combined capacity of 22,500 MWAC were photovoltaic (PV) power plants larger than 4 MW. Of these plants, several hundred plants have been installed in Germany and Spain, with each plant generating an output of more than 1 MWp. Of these, 60 plants in Spain and 50 in Germany generate an output of more than 10 MWp. The number of PV power plants will continue to rise. Several hundred PV power plants will be installed within the next few years. Future PV power plants will have higher power capacity. Indeed, some of them will exceed 1000 MW. More than 90% of the installed capacity consists of grid-connected systems. Since multimegawatt PV power plants require large areas of land, they are usually installed in remote areas, far from cities. For power transmission, a medium voltage network is commonly used.

The power converter topology, system stability, and control of grid-connected PV power plants have attracted considerable interest in recent years, as the existing technologies are not suitable for large-scale PV power plants yet. In the last two decades, extensive research has been carried out in proposing new inverter topologies. Besides the development of inverter topologies, considerable efforts have also been directed toward the progress of maximum power point tracking (MPPT) algorithms and grid stability and control, due to the intermittent nature of solar energy source. Research is needed to push these technologies to solve two enormous challenges, that is, energy and environment, by replacing conventional power plants with solar PV power plants.

Potential topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Development of solar PV cell and power converter/inverter technologies, MPPT algorithms, and control techniques toward large-scale solar PV power plants
  • Advanced grid integration and smart metering techniques, forecasting, and energy management in solar PV systems
  • Reactive power and voltage ride-through compliance, active power compliance, and harmonics and power quality compliance in PV plants based power systems
  • Modeling of smart micro- or nanogrids with PV power plants in DIgSILENT PowerFactory and MATLAB/Simulink environments
  • Solar irrigation, solar cold storage, and solar boat systems

Articles

  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 1041375
  • - Editorial

Solar Photovoltaic Power Plants

Md. Rabiul Islam | Wei Xu | ... | Ke Ma
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 7452715
  • - Research Article

Optimal Site Selection for a Solar Power Plant in the Central Anatolian Region of Turkey

Ozge Pinar Akkas | Mustafa Yasin Erten | ... | Nihat Inanc
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 6919054
  • - Research Article

Improving the Hybrid Photovoltaic/Thermal System Performance Using Water-Cooling Technique and Zn-H2O Nanofluid

Hashim A. Hussein | Ali H. Numan | Ruaa A. Abdulrahman
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 2851436
  • - Research Article

Observer-Based Load Frequency Control for Island Microgrid with Photovoltaic Power

Chaoxu Mu | Weiqiang Liu | ... | Md. Rabiul Islam
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 6189468
  • - Research Article

PV-Powered CoMP-Based Green Cellular Networks with a Standby Grid Supply

Abu Jahid | Abdullah Bin Shams | Md. Farhad Hossain
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2017
  • - Article ID 5051489
  • - Research Article

Synergetic Control of Grid-Connected Photovoltaic Systems

Junjie Qian | Kaiting Li | ... | Xiaohui Li
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 3814262
  • - Research Article

Analysis on Photovoltaic Energy-Assisted Drying of Green Peas

Onur Taşkın | Nazmi İzli | Ali Vardar
  • Special Issue
  • - Volume 2016
  • - Article ID 4063167
  • - Research Article

Modeling and Analysis of New Multilevel Inverter for Solar Photovoltaic Power Plant

Xiaoqiang Guo | Ran He | Mehdi Narimani
International Journal of Photoenergy
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