Troubleshooting Maintenance of Concentrated Photo-Voltaic System – A Case Study
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Middle East University, Amman, Jordan
Publication date: 2020-02-01
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Samer As'ad   

Middle East University, Amman, Jordan
J. Ecol. Eng. 2020; 21(2):1–9
Concentrated Photo-Voltaic (CPV) is a photovoltaic technology that generates electricity from sunlight. Contrary to conventional photovoltaic systems, it uses lenses to focus sunlight onto small, but highly efficient, multi-junction solar cells. Two modules of CPV with a capacity of 6.4 kW (3.2 kW for each) were imported from Azur-Space Solar Power GMBH (Germany) and installed in Middle East University, Jordan, for testing purposes as a pilot project for this niche technology. It is worth mentioning that the installation of the units had been carried out by faculty members during which a range of technical obstacles were encountered due to unclear instructions/steps from the manufacturer. A series of maintenance techniques and corrective measures were conducted on the system after one year of installation since power output was unsatisfactory. Accordingly, the units were dismantled, and various procedures were conducted in order to guarantee the running conditions of the system on optimum level. In this paper, technical reviews and preventive setup will be explained and presented.