Task 5

Grid interconnection of building integrated and other dispersed photovoltaic systems

The overall objective of Task 5, which was concluded in 2002, was to develop and verify technical requirements which will serve as the technical guidelines for grid interconnection with building integrated and other dispersed power systems. The development of these technical requirements include safety and reliable linkage to the electric grid at the lowest possible cost. The systems considered will be those connected with a low-voltage grid, which are typically of a size between one and fifty peak kilowatts. Its deliverables are associated in four categories:

Review of previously installed PV experiences

On the bases of four different surveys - Existing Guidelines, Distributions Systems, Interconnection Equipment and PV Experience, four reports on the same topics were produced.

Definition of guidelines to be demonstrated

A report was issued collecting the results of the 11 important topics for grid interconnection of PV systems: Harmonics, AC-Module, Multiple inverters and AC grid, Grounding of equipment in PV systems, Ground-fault detection and array disable for PV systems, Overvoltage protection, Islanding, Electro-magnetic compatibility (EMC) of inverter, External disconnect, Re-closing and Isolation transformer and DC injection.

Demonstration test using Rokko Island

A report on demonstration tests using Rokko Island concerning harmonics distortion, islanding, PV output variation, DC injection etc. was produced.

Highly concentrated penetration of grid interconnected PV systems

This additional survey started from 1999. Reporting of PV system grid-interconnection technology, research on islanding probability and detection method, performance of high penetrated PV systems and evaluation of capacity of the PV systems have been investigated

The latest findings of the Task 5 activities were presented at the workshop "Impacts of PV Penetration in Distribution Networks" held on 24 and 25 January 2002.

Task 5 status reports can be found in the annual reports of the IEA  PVPS Programme.

The publications of Task 5 are available in Archive

For Informations, please contact the former Operating Agent of Task 5.