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This book presents a study to determine the current limitations in the area of Photovoltaics (PV) as a source of renewable energy and proposes strategies to overcome them by applying optimization approaches in three main areas, namely related to photovoltaic solar cells, modules, and systems. These include grid metallization design of Si-based solar cells and modules; cost-effectiveness analysis between Si-based monofacial and bifacial grid-connected PV systems; optimal diesel replacement strategy for the progressive introduction of PV and batteries; dispatch strategy optimization for PV hybrid systems in real time. The novelty of the work presented in this book is of high interest to the scientific community but also to the PV manufacturers, installation companies, and investors.

Table of Contents

Frontmatter

Chapter 1. Introduction

Abstract
The world’s population is increasing day by day. This increase, together with the desire of people to achieve a better quality of life, leads to a continuous rise in energy consumption, as can be seen from Fig. 1.1.
Carlos David Rodríguez Gallegos

Chapter 2. Background and Literature Review

Abstract
Solar cells correspond to the basic unit where the photovoltaic effect takes place.
Carlos David Rodríguez Gallegos

Chapter 3. On the Optimization for the Grid Metallization Design of Si-Based Solar Cells and Modules

Abstract
For solar cells and modules to collect the energized electrons and transfer them to an external circuit to deliver the energy, metallic contacts are necessary to be printed (fingers and busbars when fabricating the solar cells) and soldered (interconnector ribbons when fabricating the modules).
Carlos David Rodríguez Gallegos

Chapter 4. Optimization and Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Between Si-Based Monofacial and Bifacial Grid-Connected PV Systems

Abstract
Among the different materials for solar cells, Si crystalline based are the ones that dominate the current market (>90% [1, 2]).
Carlos David Rodríguez Gallegos

Chapter 5. Optimal Diesel Replacement Strategy for the Progressive Introduction of PV and Batteries

Abstract
Many places around the globe are not connected to the mains utility grid as it may not be cost effective due to several factors, such as geographical conditions and low load demand, among others.
Carlos David Rodríguez Gallegos

Chapter 6. On the Dispatch Strategy Optimization for PV Hybrid Systems in Real Time

Abstract
Dispatch strategy (also known as scheduling) refers to the operation and power control of the different energy sources in a system. In this study, the sources correspond to the PV system, battery system and diesel generators.
Carlos David Rodríguez Gallegos

Chapter 7. Conclusions and Proposed Future Works

Abstract
This work discusses some of the current limitations in the PV field and proposes strategies to address them by applying optimization approaches.
Carlos David Rodríguez Gallegos

Backmatter

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