Monitoring, modelling and simulation of PV systems using LabVIEW

Chouder A., Silvestre S., Taghezouit B., KARATEPE E.

SOLAR ENERGY, vol.91, pp.337-349, 2013 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 91
  • Publication Date: 2013
  • Doi Number: 10.1016/j.solener.2012.09.016
  • Journal Name: SOLAR ENERGY
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.337-349
  • Keywords: PV systems, Monitoring, Modelling, Simulation
  • Dokuz Eylül University Affiliated: No


This paper presents a detailed characterization of the performance and dynamic behaviour of photovoltaic systems by using LabVIEW real-time interface system. The developed software tool integrates several types of instruments into a single system which is able to offer online measurements all data sources and comparison simulation results with monitored data in real-time. Comprehensive monitoring and analyzing of PV systems play a very important role. The proposed method is a low-cost solution to provide fast, secure and reliable system by making the system database-ready for performance analysis of PV systems. The proposed method is also applied to a grid connected PV system in the Centre de Developpement des Energies Renouvelables (CDER) in Algeria. The results show that there is a good agreement between the measured and simulation results values. The integration methodology of robust simulation and monitored data in real-time can be extended to study the fault diagnosis of a PV system. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.