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Mixing & Matching PV Panels

Discussion in 'Photovoltaics' started by Brian Graham, Mar 20, 2007.

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  1. Brian Graham

    Brian Graham Guest

    Obviously the panel voltages must be the same, but is there a problem mixing and matching different size/manufacturers PV panels together?

    Ex, Getting a 200W BP panel and later on adding a No-Name 150W panel.


    What about the same panels from the same manufacturer, but from different batches? For example a friend bought 150W panels which ended up to be about 145W iirc. A friend of his got the same panel from a different batch and wound up with 155W.

    I'm asking from the vantage point of adding panels slowly over time. Anything to watch out for? Or should I be planning on buying them in sets of 4 or whatever?

    My reading never really addressed the issue, so I'm presuming there are really no concerns mixing and matching..
  2. Erdemal

    Erdemal Guest

    A shadow, a mapple leaf or a big bird poo could have the same effect
    on perfectly twin pannels?

    It looks like a converter for each pannel would solve this??? A 100 or
    200 watts converter is not a big deal, it's just the same as a desk
    top power supply ($10) except that it's much more simple (yield ?90%).

    I am new here, forgive my ignorance.

  3. Erdemal

    Erdemal Guest

    I was thinking at a DC-DC up converter on each pannel with, in
    example, a ??60v *DC* output then a diode, a common ?capacitor/battery
    then the grid inverter.

    Electronic is fun: each DC-DC converter could be attributed a time
    slot to send it's charge pulse to the capacitor ...

    Back to real world now :(

  4. Guest

    With a smart inverter, each panel could have its own MPPT :)

  5. Erdemal

    Erdemal Guest

    I read about MPPT; converter efficiency is 95%.

    Yes, one can imagine lot of optimizations that very probably
    already exist?

    - pannel connections on twisted pair to allow data exchange
    between all the elements of the 'plant' under a standardised
    protocole. Plug and Play PV: P&PPV
    - up converter to a high DC voltage to minimize current

    Reinventing the wheel :) ... I have a nice site about that:

  6. Guest

    With the serial interface you describe and a RAM, each panel could have MPPT
    with only one set of MPPT hardware, like a telephone switch with a time-slot
    interchanger vs a space-division multiplexer with a lot more hardware.

  7. If your system is a simple 12 volts with a battery, you can parallel any
    size PV module that was designed for 12-volt system use.

    The battery state of charge will determine the operating voltage.

    If you have a higher voltage system, the modules should be matched
    current wise since you will basically get only the current of the lower
    current module in a series circuit.
    Bill Kaszeta
    Photovoltaic Resources Int'l
    Tempe Arizona USA
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