Design considerations for long-term remote photovoltaic-based power supply

Brian T. Kuhn, Robert S. Balog

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Abstract

This paper discusses fundamental design issues for a photovoltaic-based, maintenance-free, highly available power supply for remote unattended loads. Example applications in rural settings include agricultural sensors and controls, geological and meteorological sensors, broadband internet hardware, and surveillance equipment for border patrol. Urban examples include traffic monitoring equipment and homeland security sensors. While the electrical power required by these loads is not high per se, the accumulated lifetime energy is high for many years of unattended operation. Conventional solutions require expensive pole-drop utility connections, incur high replacement cost of batteries, require regular preventative maintenance, or are extremely large and bulky. The system-oriented design described here uses a combination of energy storage, solar panels, power electronics circuits, and control algorithms.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2008 23rd Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, APEC
Pages154-159
Number of pages6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Aug 2008
Event2008 23rd Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, APEC - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: 24 Feb 200828 Feb 2008

Publication series

NameConference Proceedings - IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition - APEC

Other

Other2008 23rd Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, APEC
CountryUnited States
CityAustin, TX
Period24/2/0828/2/08

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Kuhn, B. T., & Balog, R. S. (2008). Design considerations for long-term remote photovoltaic-based power supply. In 2008 23rd Annual IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition, APEC (pp. 154-159). [4522715] (Conference Proceedings - IEEE Applied Power Electronics Conference and Exposition - APEC). https://doi.org/10.1109/APEC.2008.4522715