Degradation and Plant Construction Schedule

Large power plants are not constructed and commissioned at one point in time, but come on line on a Block-by-Block basis. Therefore, different sections of the plant will start contributing energy staggered in time as each comes on line, and accounting for energization times lasts until the last section is energized and the full capacity of the plant is realized.

In addition, the long term power plant production reduces continuously over time due to environmental exposure, component aging, and accrued module defects. Three mutually-exclusive models are supported, and can be selected by the user on simulation setup:

Degradation Figure20
 

Figure 38. List of Degradation Models

 

 

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Figure 39. The 3 Degradation Models at 0.5% per year Rate for 4 years. The Linear AC and DC Degradation Follow the Same Line.

 

DC Linear

Linear DC degradation function reduces the DC power input to the inverter as a linear function of time by the specified rate from the user.

 

Inputs

DC Linear Inputs

 

Outputs

DC Linear Outputs

 

Algorithm

1.) Loop for all simulation steps for each Block

a.) The continuous-time function in hours is as follows:

DC Linear Algo118

b.) Find the system power due to energization time and degradation for time t.

DC Linear Algo119

AC Linear

This function will reduce the AC power output as a linear function of time.

 

Inputs

AC Linear Inputs

 

Outputs

AC Linear Outputs

 

Algorithm

1.) Loop for all simulation steps for each Block.

a.) The continuous-time function in hours is as follows:

AC Linear Algo120

b.) Find the system power due to energization time and degradation for time t.

AC Linear Algo121

AC Stepped

This function will reduce the AC power output as a stepped function of time. The AC output of the block is reduced by the linear annual degradation rate at a discrete point in time.

 

Inputs

AC Stepped Inputs

 

Outputs

AC Stepped Outputs

 

Algorithm

1.) Loop for all simulation steps for each Block

a.) The discrete-time function in hours is as follows:

AC Stepped Algo122

b.) Find the system power due to energization time and degradation for time t.

AC Stepped Algo123