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Interface standardizationCentral-station applications create a large and attractive market for photovoltaics in the near future. However, some significant barriers lie between the industry of today and realization of that market. Manufacturing capacity and price are two principal impediments. The Utilities, which are the future system owners, are gaining experience with central-station PV power through the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, Hesperia and similar small central-station installations. SMUD has recognized that competition must be maintained to help reduce prices. So little standardization exists that the cost is driven upward to redefine mechanical and electrical interfaces for each vendor. New structues are required for each vendor and nonoptimum field geometries result from attempts to include more than one vendor in an array field. Standards at some hardware level are required.
Document ID
19840024629
Document Type
Conference Paper
Authors
Spencer, R. (Acurex Corp. Mountain View, CA, United States)
Wong, V. (Acurex Corp. Mountain View, CA, United States)
Date Acquired
August 12, 2013
Publication Date
January 1, 1983
Publication Information
Publication: JPL Proc. of the Flat-Plate Solar Array Proj. Res. Forum on the Design of Flat-Plate Photovoltaic Arrays for Central Sta.
Subject Category
ELECTRONICS AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
Distribution Limits
Public
Copyright
Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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