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PV-wirefree: redesigning and innovating grid-connected PV-systems
Sinke, W.C.; Oldenkamp, H.E.; Jong, I. de
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ECN Solar Energy 1-10-2002
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ECN-RX--02-053 Conference Paper
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Presented at: PV in Europe - From PV Technology to Energy Solutions Conference and Exhibition, Rome, Italy, 7-11 oktober 2002.

In this paper a new concept for designing grid-connected PV-systemsis presented: PV-wirefree, aiming at minimizing PV BOS costs ? Balance of System costs - and inherently safe PV-systems. The guiding design principles used are: minimize dc-voltage, minimize components and material, integrate functions, simplify the PV-system and design for easy installation. Only one solution appeared to meet the goals: the PV-modules have to be connected in parallel to keep the dc-voltage as low as possible. The low dc-voltage also allows omitting many of the safety components used in series connected PV-system. To minimize the number of components even more two new PV-wirefree components are designed in which different functions are integrated. The most innovative new component is the PV-wirefree mounting bus, a current carrying mounting frame. So, a PV-wirefree system does not include expensive dc-wiring anymore, whereas the number of connectors is reduced considerably. In this paper the new PV-wirefree components are presented and safety issues related to paralleling PV-modules are discussed, as well as the additional advantages of PV-wirefree regarding reliability and efficiency.

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