A Photovoltaic (PV) array monitoring simulator

Shwetang Peshin, David Ramirez, Jongmin Lee, Henry Braun, Cihan Tepedelenlioglu, Andreas Spanias, Mahesh Banavar, Devarajan Srinivansan

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10 Scopus citations


Utility scale solar energy is generated by photovoltaic (PV) cell arrays, which are often deployed in remote areas. We consider a PV array monitoring system where smart sensors are attached to the PV modules and transmit data to a monitoring station through wireless links. These smart monitoring devices may be used for fault detection and management of connection topologies. In this paper, we describe a compact hardware simulator of the smart PV array monitoring system. The voltage, current, irradiance, and temperature of each PV module are monitored and the status of each panel along with all data is transmitted to a mobile device. LABVIEW and Arduino board programs have been developed to display and visualize the monitoring data from all sensors. All data is saved on servers and mobile devices and desktops can easily access analytics from anywhere. In the paper, we simulate and demonstrate various PV array conditions including shading, faults, and loading.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of the IASTED International Conference Modelling, Identification and Control, MIC 2015
PublisherACTA Press
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9780889869752
StatePublished - 2015
Event2015 IASTED International Conference on Modelling, Identification and Control, MIC 2015 - Innsbruck, Austria
Duration: Feb 16 2015Feb 17 2015

Publication series

NameProceedings of the IASTED International Conference on Modelling, Identification and Control
ISSN (Print)1025-8973


Other2015 IASTED International Conference on Modelling, Identification and Control, MIC 2015


  • Arduino
  • PV array simulator
  • Remote control of solar array topologies
  • Sensors
  • Solar energy monitoring

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Science Applications


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