Research Assistant Ms. Sawsan Shukri and Undergraduate student Mr. Safin Bayes presented their paper entitled, “Parameter Extraction Testbed to Optimize Interconnections of Non-Planar Photovoltaics” at the 47th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference (PVSC), held virtually from June 15 to August 21st, 2020.

The paper presents results from an experimental study using a new experimental testbed that was developed to extract PV parameters in-situ. The experimental testbed is flexible, scalable, and suitable for research and development of non-planar PV applications. The benefit of this testbed is to collect data considering factors like cell aging, partial shading, and temperature effects. Such factors are not accounted for in the manufacturer’s datasheets. The experimental setup is used to obtain i-v and p-v curves of various PV array configurations to extract parameters that can be used model, simulate, and emulate the operation of the non-planar PV systems.