Volume 14, 2023
Special Issue on ‘EU PVSEC 2023: State of the Art and Developments in Photovoltaics’, edited by Robert Kenny and João Serra
|Number of page(s)||10|
|Published online||23 October 2023|
Long-term PV system modelling and degradation using neural networks
GreenPowerMonitor a DNV company, Gran Via de les Corts Catalanes, 130, Barcelona, Spain
2 DNV Denmark, Tuborg Parkvej 8, Hellerup, Denmark
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Received in final form: 17 August 2023
Accepted: 25 August 2023
Published online: 23 October 2023
The power production of photovoltaic plants can be affected throughout its operational lifetime by multiple losses and degradation mechanisms. Although long-term degradation has been widely studied, most methodologies assume a specific degradation behaviour and require detailed metadata. This paper presents a methodology for the calculation of long-term degradation of a photovoltaic plant based on neural networks. The goal of the neural network is to model the photovoltaic plant's power production as a function of environmental conditions and time elapsed since the plant started operating. A big advantage of this method with respect to others is that it is completely data-driven, requires no additional information, and makes no assumptions related to degradation behaviour. Results show that the model can derive a long-term degradation trend without overfitting to shorter-term effects or abrupt changes in year-to-year operation.
Key words: Photovoltaic generation / long-term degradation / neural networks / machine learning / automatic differentiation
© G. Guerra et al., Published by EDP Sciences, 2023
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