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An interactive system for remote modelling and design validation of hybrid photovoltaic systems

Wojciech Grzesiak (Department of Microelectronics, Institute of Electron Technology, Kraków, Poland)
Krzysztof Witek (Department of Microelectronics, Institute of Electron Technology, Kraków, Poland)
Ewa Klugmann-Radziemska (Faculty of Chemistry, Gdańsk University of Technology, Gdansk, Poland)
Paweł Grzesiak (University of Economics in Krakow, Kraków, Poland)

Microelectronics International

ISSN: 1356-5362

Article publication date: 4 August 2014




The purpose of this paper is to report the system solution expressed in the form of a block diagram. In this paper, a multi-functional demonstrator of the interactive system designed to modelling, monitoring and validation of hybrid photovoltaic (PV) systems assisted by fuel cells and thermoelectric generators is presented. Technical parameters of demonstrator components such as: silicon PV modules, fuel cells, thermoelectric generators, gel batteries, control and monitoring systems are described.


The design shows the implementation of PV system modelling by four universal PV module simulators supported by two 65 W fuel cell and 12 modules, 6 W thermoelectric generators battery.


The paper provides practical proof that the combination of PV technology with both thermoelecric generators and fuel cells technologies shows promising results for the development of hybrid PV systems with increased effectiveness and efficiency.

Research limitations/implications

The design idea can be developed for many applications gaining electricity from many distributed sources of wasted energy.

Practical implications

In practice, hybrid systems can be used to support the operation of classic PV systems, for example, working in various climatic conditions.


The proposed model demonstrates new technical solution leading to the enlargement of the PV systems application.



The study was partially supported by the European Union within the European Regional Development Fund, through the Innovative Economy grant (MIME, POIG.01.01.02-00-108/09) and additionally by the project no R02 0,014 06/2009, supported by The Polish National Centre for Research and Development.


Grzesiak, W., Witek, K., Klugmann-Radziemska, E. and Grzesiak, P. (2014), "An interactive system for remote modelling and design validation of hybrid photovoltaic systems", Microelectronics International, Vol. 31 No. 3, pp. 224-228.



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