2003-04 SENIOR DESIGN PROJECTS

Solar Tracking System

by Eric Anderson, David Van Ee, James Vis

Students designed a complete photovoltaic generation (PV) system which provides future Solar Energy Engineering classes a system to conduct experiments relating to PV conversion of direct and diffuse solar radiation. The system continually generates enough "renewable" energy to power the workstation lights in the Mechanical Engineering Laboratory on campus. The system is designed to provide full hemispherical motion for research purposes. The tracking system can be controlled manually via local switches or automatically via remote PC control. Students in Solar Energy Engineering class will write algorithms that track the sun's path on any given day of the year. The system demonstrates to students one viable method for developing sustainable energy systems that responsibly use the gifts of energy resources given to us by the Creator.

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