Characterization of Photovoltaic systems for Large Scale Solar Power Generation

Séminaire le 17 Décembre 2015, 16h00 à CentraleSupelec (Gif-sur-Yvette) Salle du conseil du L2S - B4.40
Fernando Mancilla-David

Photovoltaic electric power generation is increasingly attracting the attention of industry and academia mainly motivated by the urgent need to depart from fossil fuel-based electricity generation. As the cost of PV panels production continues to decrease, it is expected that bulk solar power generation will be competitive with other forms of renewable energy, and hence massively deployed. Grid-connected PV power plants are currently generating up to a few megawatts as a single unit, and built through PV arrays containing hundreds of thousands of solar cells. The PV plant is connected to the ac grid via a power electronics-based interphase realized through a voltage source inverter.

The seminar presents research conducted at the University of Colorado Denver on the modeling and control of this type of systems, often referred to as large PV power plants. The modeling of the various elements making up a large PV power plant, namely PV cells, inverter and an equivalent of the ac grid, will be discussed. Furthermore, the seminar addresses the PV array's maximum power point tracking and the regulation of current injection into the ac grid. Considerations regarding the identification of solar irradiance are also to be discussed. The modeling and control techniques presented within the seminar are validated through computer simulations and/or experimentation performed in the University of Colorado Denver campus.


Fernando Mancilla-David is an Associate Professor at the University of Colorado Denver, where he teaches and directs research in energy and power systems as a faculty member of the Electrical Engineering Department. Prof. Mancilla-David received the B.S. degree in electrical engineering from the Universidad Tecnica Federico Santa Maria, Valparaiso, Chile, in 1999, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in electrical engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, United State of America, in 2002 and 2007, respectively. He has been a visiting professor in several universities in Europe and has coauthored more than 60 technical articles, mostly in the area of utility applications of power electronics.