A comparison of design features of 80 PV-powered products

G. Apostolou, A.H.M.E. Reinders

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In this paper 80 commercially available PV products have been analysed. The data set comprises 46 low power PV products in the range of 0 to 17 Wp and 34 PV products with a power of 17 Wp up to 27 kWp.
The goal of our study is to investigate and evaluate features of PV products that are available on the market now and to present features that are important for manufacturers, industrial designers and users. Finally this survey is meant to identify topics relevant for research on products with integrated PV systems. In our study we analysed (1) the energy technologies applied in this set of products, (2) financial aspects and (3) several human factors. The data have been collected with a questionnaire by about 100 master students. Various features of these PV products were analysed and compared such as PV technology of the products, battery type and capacity, operational voltage, costs and number of simultaneous users. Because of the limited number of PV products analysed we cannot have a spherical picture of PV products’ design features. However through this study, valuable information about several features of products has been collected.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication27th EU Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition
Number of pages8
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event27th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, EU PVSEC 2012 - Frankfurt, Germany
Duration: 25 Sept 201228 Sept 2012
Conference number: 27


Conference27th European Photovoltaic Solar Energy Conference and Exhibition, EU PVSEC 2012
Abbreviated titleEU PVSEC


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