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Evolution of integrated panel structural design and interfaces for PV power plants
Author and Affiliation:
Arnett, J. C.(ARCO Solar, Inc., Woodland Hills, CA, United States)
Anderson, A. J.(ARCO Solar, Inc., Woodland Hills, CA, United States)
Robertson, R. E.(ARCO Solar, Inc., Woodland Hills, CA, United States)
Abstract: The evolution of integrated photovoltaic (PV) panel design at ARCO Solar is discussed. Historically, framed PV modules of about 1 x 4-ft size were individually mounted in the field on fixed support structures and interconnected electrically with cables to build higher-power arrays. When ARCO Solar saw the opportunity in 1982 to marry its PV modules with state-of-the-art heliostat trackers developed by ARCO Power Systems, it became obvious that mounting individual modules was impractical. For this project, the framed modules were factory-assembled into panels and interconnected with cables before being mounted on the trackers. Since then, ARCO Solar made considerable progress and gained substantial experience in the design and fabrication of large PV panels. Constraints and criteria considered in these design activities included static and dynamic loads; assembly and transportation equipment and logistics, structural and electrical interfaces, and safety and grounding concerns.
Publication Date: Jan 01, 1983
Document ID:
19840024630
(Acquired Nov 13, 1995)
Accession Number: 84N32701
Subject Category: ELECTRONICS AND ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING
Document Type: Conference Paper
Publication Information: JPL Proc. of the Flat-Plate Solar Array Proj. Res. Forum on the Design of Flat-Plate Photovoltaic Arrays for Central Sta.; p 227-233
Publisher Information: United States
Financial Sponsor: NASA; United States
Organization Source: ARCO Solar, Inc.; Woodland Hills, CA, United States
Description: 7p; In English
Distribution Limits: Unclassified; Publicly available; Unlimited
Rights: No Copyright
NASA Terms: HELIOSTATS; PHOTOVOLTAIC CELLS; SOLAR ARRAYS; SOLAR REFLECTORS; TRACKING (POSITION); DESIGN ANALYSIS; FABRICATION; FLAT PLATES; PANELS
Imprint And Other Notes: In JPL Proc. of the Flat-Plate Solar Array Proj. Res. Forum on the Design of Flat-Plate Photovoltaic Arrays for Central Sta. p 227-233 (SEE N84-32683 22-33)
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