The photovoltaic generation distribution supports new energetic scenario development (Net Zero Energy Cluster and DC microgrids). In this context, smart maximum power point (SMPPT) converter represents innovative systems that are able to monitor operating conditions, communicate energetic production data and signal a fault condition. The Smart Maximum Power Point role becomes crucial, and critical aspects such as efficiency and reliability have to be taken into account from the beginning of the design. In this chapter, the idea is to review different reliability prediction models for electronic components focusing on the military ones with the analysis of a case study related to a Smart Maximum Power Point converter in photovoltaic applications.
Part of the book: System Reliability