Performance analysis of 10MWp grid-connected photovoltaic system in the Mediterranean climate using PVsyst software

Author(s): Ibrahim M. Ibrahim a,b, Ahmed S. Shehata a, Ali I. Shehata a, Mohamed A. Abbassya  
a College of Engineering and Technology, Arab Academy for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport. Alexandria, Egypt
b Mechanical Engineering Department, College of Engineering, California Polytechnic State University. CA, US
International Journal of Smart Grid and Clean Energy, vol. 10, no. 4, October 2021: pp. 286-291
ISSN: 2315-4462 (Print)
ISSN: 2373-3594 (Online)
Digital Object Identifier: 10.12720/sgce.10.4.286-291

Abstract: This paper presents performance analysis and assessment of a simulated 10MWp grid-connected Photovoltaic System in the Mediterranean climate of Alexandria, Egypt using PVsyst simulation tool. The Photovoltaic plant was designed to achieve the highest performance. The system has a performance ratio of 84% when using polycrystalline module type and 83% using monocrystalline modules, the energy injected into the grid for the full year of 153.5 GWh/year and 152.6 GWh/year using polycrystalline and monocrystalline modules respectively, as results under the total amount of incident energy in collector plan of 2279.5 kWh/m2.day. The system showed a good performance and viability of installation. However, it is not on one of the hottest spots in Egypt, but as per cities planning and electrical energy distribution in the country, this result would give a good indicator helping taking the decision before starting any installations of photovoltaic power plants in Egypt for future projects, especially locations with a Mediterranean climate.

KeywordsSolar energy, photovoltaic systems, pvsyst; simulation tool, performance analysis
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