Ph.D. student Mr. Lance Alpuerto presented his paper entitled “Comparing Connection Topologies of PV Integrated Curved Roof Tile for Improved Performance” at the 4th IEEE Texas Power and Energy Conference (TPEC) in College Station, Tx USA.
Partial shaded conditions diminish the performance of photovoltaic (PV) applications. Depending on the intensity and pattern of shading, the PV system will generate varying levels of current. This work investigates the performance under different connection schemes as a method of current mismatch mitigation for thin-film photovoltaics applied to a curved roof tile. Experimental testing of a-Si material on a curved roof tile replica suggests novel interconnection methods can significantly improve the capabilities of curved applications.