Validating the optimum tilt angle for PV modules in the highveld of South Africa for the summer season

Resumen

Energy supply is a major problem in today’s world due to increase in demand, depleting of fossil fuels and increase in global warming due to carbon emission. The need for an alternate, overall efficient and environment-friendly energy system has ascended globally. Photovoltaic (PV) systems can be used to harness solar energy that is considered to be one of the most promising alternative energy sources. However, its efficiency is affected not only by varying environmental conditions but also by the installation of its PV modules. The purpose of this paper is to empirically validate the optimum tilt for PV modules in the Highveld of South Africa. Three fixed-axis PV modules installed at optimum tilt angles of Latitude minus 10°, Latitude, and Latitude plus 10° serve as the basis of this study. These optimum tilt angles are utilised based on the recommendations by Heywood and Chinnery. A key recommendation is that PV modules should be mounted at Latitude minus 10° for the summertime period in the Highveld region of South Africa.

Biografía del autor

Motlatsi Cletus Lehloka

Department of Electrical and Mining Engineering, University of South Africa, Christiaan de Wet Road and Pioneer Avenue, Florida, Roodeport, (South Africa).

Arthur James Swart

Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, (South Africa).

Pierre Eduard Hertzog

Department of Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering, Central University of Technology, Bloemfontein, (South Africa).

Publicado
2020-04-30
Cómo citar
Lehloka, M., Swart, A., & Hertzog, P. (2020). Validating the optimum tilt angle for PV modules in the highveld of South Africa for the summer season. 3C Tecnología. Glosas De Innovación Aplicadas a La Pyme, 137-157. Recuperado a partir de http://ojs.3ciencias.com/index.php/3c-tecnologia/article/view/998