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A Greenlite System: An Efficient Solar Energy Solution Using A Sun Tracker Panel And A Light Harvesting Control Panel

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

Start Date

June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Design for Society and the Environment

Tagged Division

Design in Engineering Education

Page Count

8

Page Numbers

14.32.1 - 14.32.8

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https://peer.asee.org/4840

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Zesheng Chen Florida International University

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Zesheng Chen is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Florida International University. He received his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2005 and 2007. He also holds B.E. and M.E. degrees from the Department of Electronic Engineering at Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Shanghai, China in 1998 and 2001, respectively. His research interests include network security and the performance evaluation of computer networks.

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Erik Pazos Florida International University

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Erik Pazos is currently working as an Electrical Estimator at Hypower Inc. He achieved a Bachelors Degree in Electrical Engineer this past December 2008. He also achieved Associated in Arts Degree in Summer 2006. With his early age of 25 years old, he has manage to gain 6 year of experience in the construction field; where he has learn the great values and principles of Electrical work. He is currently attending an electrical apprenticeship school to exceed his understanding his knowledge in the Electrical field. He also posses the knowledge of some essential programs in the construction industry.

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Darian Garcia Florida International University

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Dayron Garcia Florida International University

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Julio Duharte Florida International University

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Julio Duharte will receive his B.S. in Computer Engineering from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Florida International University in May 2009. His research interests include web applications, embedded programming and computer networks. Currently working for Discovery Cruise Line as Communications Assistant.

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A GreenLite System: An Efficient Solar Energy Solution Using a Sun Tracker Panel and a Light Harvesting Control Panel

Abstract

Reducing high energy consumption and costs is imperative and significant to our daily life. In this paper, we describe a capstone senior design project that develops an efficient energy-saving solution. The solution is called the GreenLite system and consists of two components: a self- adjustable solar tracker panel and a light harvesting control panel.

The solar tracker panel tends to maximize the absorption of solar power. Specifically, the solar tracker panel can adjust itself automatically to the direction where the panel is directly facing the Sun. To achieve this, the component employs photo-sensors to measure the irradiance of the Sun and to provide the feedback signal on the current position of the panel. The component also uses actuators that contain motors to rotate the panel at all possible angles.

The light harvesting control panel designs a dimming fluorescent lighting system. Specifically, the system tends to reduce energy demand by diming lights proportional to the amount of daylight received, based on the measurements from photo-sensors. Moreover, this control panel is powered by the energy obtained form the solar tracker panel.

In the project, the microcontroller dspic30f4011, programmed by C++ language, is used to control the motors on the actuators. The system is also designed as sturdy and lightweight as possible for increased durability and mobility. The details of the implementation are given, and the lessons learnt are discussed.

Introduction

In recent years, there have been increased interest and demand in reducing high energy consumption, avoiding environment pollution, and finding alternative energy. Solar energy is such an ideal alternative. First, solar energy provides a sustainable source for generating power and thus satisfies high energy consumption demand. Second, solar energy is green and can potentially free us from depending on polluting non-renewable sources such as coal, oil, and gas. Last, solar energy is free and can reduce the cost. Therefore, we study an efficient energy serving solution using solar energy in our capstone senior design project.

Our solution is called the GreenLite system and consists of two components:

≠ A self-adjustable solar tracker panel. The solar track panel transforms solar energy into stored electrical power. Our designed solar tracker panel tends to maximize the absorption of solar power. Specifically, the solar tracker panel can adjust itself automatically to the direction where the panel is directly facing the Sun.

≠ A light harvesting control panel. The control panel designs a dimming fluorescent lighting system. Specifically, the system tends to reduce energy demand by diming lights

Chen, Z., & Pazos, E., & Garcia, D., & Garcia, D., & Duharte, J. (2009, June), A Greenlite System: An Efficient Solar Energy Solution Using A Sun Tracker Panel And A Light Harvesting Control Panel Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. https://peer.asee.org/4840

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