Fault diagnostic methodologies for utility‐scale photovoltaic power plants: A state of the art review

Qamar Navid, Ahmed Hassan, Abbas Ahmad Fardoun, Rashad Ramzan, Abdulrahman Alraeesi

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The worldwide electricity supply network has recently experienced a huge rate of solar photovoltaic penetration. Grid‐connected photovoltaic (PV) systems range from smaller custom built‐in arrays to larger utility power plants. When the size and share of PV systems in the energy mix increases, the operational complexity and reliability of grid stability also increase. The growing concern about PV plants compared to traditional power plants is the dispersed existence of PV plants with millions of generators (PV panels) spread over kilometers, which increases the possibility of faults occurring and associated risk. As a result, a robust fault diagnosis and mitigation framework remain a key component of PV plants. Various fault monitoring and diagnostic systems are currently being used, defined by calculation of electrical parameters, extracted electrical parameters, artificial intelligence, and thermography. This article explores existing PV fault diagnostic systems in a detailed way and addresses their possible merits and demerits.

Original languageEnglish
Article number1629
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalSustainability (Switzerland)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Feb 2 2021


  • Fault diagnostics
  • Monitoring
  • Photovoltaic (PV)
  • Utility‐scale power plants

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science (miscellaneous)
  • Environmental Science (miscellaneous)
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Hardware and Architecture
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment


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