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DKASC, Alice Springs

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Manufacturer Kaneka
Array Rating 6kW
PV Technology Other
Array Structure Fixed: Ground Mount
Installed 2008

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Amorphous silicon thin-film array, fixed ground-mountAmorphous silicon panels are a thin-film technology, made with a layer of photovoltaic material applied to the panel’s substrate. They contain less silicon than crystalline panels, which can lower costs.

The manufacture of these panels is highly automated – silicon is deposited as a gas on a substrate like glass.

Another advantage of reducing the silicon used in a solar panel is that it takes less time for the panel’s output to match the energy used in its construction – its energy payback time. Silicon has a high amount of energy associated with its production.

Thin-film panels are not as sensitive to partial shading as crystalline panels. Their layer of photovoltaic material allows more flexibility in the layout of the electrical contacts. The long horizontal cells across the panel make them less susceptible from being blocked by shade.

Thin-film panels are less efficient than crystalline panels, and a greater number is required for a given output. However, their output is less affected by heat.

MPower (formerly M+H Power Systems) is an Australian company supplying renewable energy products, including Kaneka amorphous panels manufactured in Japan.

Array Rating 6kW
Panel Rating 60W
Number Of Panels 100
Panel Type Kaneka G-EA060
Array Area 95.04 m²
Type Of Tracker N/A
Inverter Size / Type 6 kW, SMA SMC 6000A
Installation Completed Tue, 11 Nov 2008
Array Tilt/Azimuth Tilt = 20, Azi = 0 (Solar North)

Notes on the Data

  1. Monitoring Interruption for UPS Battery Replacement

    The disconnection and re-connection of the solar arrays and weather station equipment while a new site connection was being established prompted the already flattening UPS batteries which power the site’s energy meters to fail and require immediate replacement. Data recording was affected from approximately 2.30pm ACST, Monday 10 July to 4.00pm, Wednesday 12 July.

    Affects weather data for DKASC, Alice Springs


    Wed, 12 Jul 2017