Design of a Photovoltaic System for Self-consumption in Buildings at High-Altitude Cities Located in the Equator

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Abstract

In recent years, many countries have opted for the use of non-conventional and environmentally friendly renewable energies as an alternative to gradually reduce the use of conventional energies, specifically those coming from fossil fuels. In Ecuador, a country located at the Equator, where the solar radiation is perpendicular throughout the year, an alternative to be considered is obtaining electrical energy using photovoltaic solar panels, especially at high-altitude cities such as Cuenca. This research presents the design of a photovoltaic installation in a building of the Universidad Politécnica Salesiana, at Cuenca, Ecuador, based on a consumption profile corresponding to a typical day, it is analyzed the architectural condition of building, identifying in the rooftop the elements that can produce shadows, to determine the minimum separation of the photovoltaic modules from these obstacles and define an effective surface for the installation, such that at midday the installation is free of shadows. The performance ratio (PR) obtained for the installation was 83.4%, which is considered satisfactory from the point of view of energy and based on the building demand conditions. The contribution of the facility was 36.35%, significantly reducing the dependency from the network.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCommunication, Smart Technologies and Innovation for Society - Proceedings of CITIS 2021
EditorsÁlvaro Rocha, Paulo Carlos López-López, Juan Pablo Salgado-Guerrero
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Pages433-443
Number of pages11
ISBN (Print)9789811641251
DOIs
StatePublished - 2022
Event7th International Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation for Society, CITIS 2021 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 26 May 202128 May 2021

Publication series

NameSmart Innovation, Systems and Technologies
Volume252

Conference

Conference7th International Conference on Science, Technology and Innovation for Society, CITIS 2021
CityVirtual, Online
Period26/05/2128/05/21

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2022, The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd.

Keywords

  • Consumption profile
  • Performance ratio
  • Photovoltaic facility
  • Solar energy

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