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PV-STARLET Report Summary

Project ID: 11668
Funded under: FP5-EESD
Country: France

Monitoring report of the project

Monitoring is a key activity for the large dissemination of PV that can increase the benefit of PV systems. First it allows to locate any faulty operation and guaranties the good functioning of the systems. If the PV users are trained to do a simple monitoring themselves, it also makes them aware of the value of electricity and encourages to energy savings. When data are collected, analysed and published, it furthermore creates reference data that increase the global knowledge of PV.

For the systems installed within the PV-STARLET programme, 2 different kinds of monitoring were implemented. A simplified monitoring done in partnership with each PV user: for two years all PV users monthly fill pre-printed postcards up and send to Hespul for exploitation, including early detection of eventual failure. A few sites (4 spread on the French territory) are monitored in detail by an automatic remote system through modem and collected data are analysed by Hespul and send to ISPRA for further exploitation.

The detailled monitoring process respects the European Guidelines and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) Standards 61724 titled "Photovoltaic system performance monitoring - Guidelines for measurement, data exchange and analysis".

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