In Flight Detection and Localisation of Short Circuits on Solar Generators

Henri Barde, Emmanuelle Carla, Nicolas Neugnot, Etienne Rapp, A. Fernandez
2017 E3S Web of Conferences  
In the last decades a number of failures in which a solar cell is short-circuited to the panel substrate have been reported or suspected. In the meantime protective measures, like single string connection and use of bleed resistors in the grounding circuit have been implemented. However it is still not always clear whether such an anomaly occurred and the in-flight instrumentation is usually not sufficient to provide unambiguous evidence. This paper describes a simple way to identify both the
more » ... identify both the occurrence of such a cell to substrate short circuit and the panel on which it is located. The paper is then completed with the main results from the CNES study performed in 2012 to demonstrate the performance, analyse the reliability and assess the industrial feasibility of such a system.
doi:10.1051/e3sconf/20171601002 fatcat:psm5mlpbxfawxhkyqiek54qkh4