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Dust as an unalterable deteriorative factor affecting PV panel's efficiency: why and how

Zaihidee, Fardila Mohd, Mekhilef, Saad, Seyedmahmoudian, Mehdi and Horan, Ben 2016, Dust as an unalterable deteriorative factor affecting PV panel's efficiency: why and how, Renewable and sustainable energy reviews, vol. 65, pp. 1267-1278, doi: 10.1016/j.rser.2016.06.068.

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Title Dust as an unalterable deteriorative factor affecting PV panel's efficiency: why and how
Author(s) Zaihidee, Fardila Mohd
Mekhilef, Saad
Seyedmahmoudian, Mehdi
Horan, BenORCID iD for Horan, Ben orcid.org/0000-0002-6723-259X
Journal name Renewable and sustainable energy reviews
Volume number 65
Start page 1267
End page 1278
Total pages 12
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-11
ISSN 1364-0321
1879-0690
Keyword(s) PV panel
dust
efficiency
deposition
Summary Electricity generation from solar energy has a great potential since it relies mainly on an abundant and clean source. However, there are many alterable and unalterable factors that can govern a PV module's efficiency. Dust is one of the location-dependent environmental factors that falls under the unalterable factors group. It can degrade the efficiency of a PV panel by causing physical damages, by attenuating the incoming solar radiation and by causing temperature rise, which results in changes in panel's electrical characteristics. Degree of degradation depends mainly on the deposition density, which is governed by various factors. Dust accumulation of 20 g/m2 on a PV panel reduces short circuit current, open circuit voltage and efficiency by 15–21%, 2–6% and 15–35% respectively. This work reviews, elaborates and summarizes the effects of dust on solar panel efficiency and the factors governing dust deposition on PV panel.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.rser.2016.06.068
Field of Research 090608 Renewable Power and Energy Systems Engineering (excl Solar Cells)
Socio Economic Objective 850504 Solar-Photovoltaic Energy
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30086470

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Engineering
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