Current Location

DKASC, Alice Springs

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Manufacturer First Solar
Array Rating 6.96kW
PV Technology CdTe
Array Structure Fixed: Ground Mount
Installed 2008

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Current Output

Cadmium Telluride thin-film array, fixed ground-mount

Cadmium Telluride (CdTe) replaces silicon as the active photovoltaic material in this array. This is a thin-film technology, and the active material is deposited in a thin layer on the panel’s substrate.

Less photoelectric material is consumed in the production of thin-film panels, which can allow lower manufacturing costs. The manufacture of CdTe thin-film panels has the potential to be a simpler process than for other thin-films, which could also lead to lower costs.

CdTe panels have a lower efficiency than some Silicon based technologies, meaning more panels are needed for a given output. However, CdTe performs better in some solar conditions, as this photovoltaic material can absorb light at a lot of different energy levels. CdTe also performs well in hot conditions.

As a new technology, research is continuing to improve the performance of CdTe panels and to refine the manufacturing process.

* These CdTe Thin Film modules were originally shipped and rated by the manufacturer for installation in Europe, and were supplied and installed to DKASC without the integrator having gained manufacturer approval.

Array Rating 6.96kW
Panel Rating 73W
Number Of Panels 96
Panel Type First Solar FS-272*
Array Area 69.12 m²
Type Of Tracker N/A
Inverter Size / Type 7 kW, SMA SMC 7000HV
Installation Completed Mon, 3 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

  2. Site 7: Operational Again

    The failed inverter at Site 7 was replaced today. Normal operation of the system should commence again from 9th June 2016.

    Wed, 8 Jun 2016

  3. Site 7: Fault

    This PV system shutdown on the 13/11/2015. Early investigations indicate that the system inverter has failed. Further investigations are underway and the inverter shall be replaced if this is determined to be final cause.

    Wed, 18 Nov 2015

  4. Site 7: Disclaimer

    These CdTe Thin Film modules were a non-approved production prototype and are not commercially available. The data is not representative of current CdTe Thin Film technology and data from this site should not be used in any comparative capacity or in any marketing materials.

    Wed, 12 Dec 2012