Automation of risk priority number calculation of photovoltaic modules

Mathan Kumar Moorthy, Govindasamy Tamizhmani

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

7 Scopus citations


Statistical risk analysis on the field observed defects/failures in the photovoltaic (PV) power plants is usually carried out using a combination of several manual methods which are often laborious, time consuming and prone to human errors. In order to mitigate these issues, an automated statistical risk analysis based on FMECA (failure mode effect criticality analysis) is necessary. The automated program developed in this work using MATLAB generates about 20 different reliability risk plots in about 3-4 minutes without the need of several manual labor hours traditionally spent for these analyses. The primary focus of this project is to automatically generate Risk Priority Number (RPN) for each performance defect and safety failure based on two Excel spreadsheets: Defect rate spreadsheet; Degradation rate spreadsheet. Automation involves two major programs - one to calculate Global RPN (Sum of Performance RPN and Safety RPN) and the other to find the correlation of defects with I-V parameters' degradations. Based on the generated RPN and other reliability plots, warranty claims for material defect and degradation rate may be made by the system owners.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2016 IEEE 43rd Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2016
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781509027248
StatePublished - Nov 18 2016
Event43rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2016 - Portland, United States
Duration: Jun 5 2016Jun 10 2016

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371


Other43rd IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States


  • PV power plants
  • Photovoltaic power plants
  • RPN
  • correlation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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