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An Undergraduate Analysis Of Two Different Photovoltaic Module Types: A Comparison Completed For An Industrial Affiliate

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2009 Annual Conference & Exposition


Austin, Texas

Publication Date

June 14, 2009

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June 14, 2009

End Date

June 17, 2009



Conference Session

Investigating Alternative-energy Concepts

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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14.210.1 - 14.210.11



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Peter Mark Jansson Rowan University

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Ulrich Schwabe Rowan University

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Kevin Bellomo - Whitten Rowan University

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Jonathan Bucca Rowan University

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Rowan University is committed to giving its undergraduate students an early experience in real world situations. Through the participation of Industrial affiliates Rowan University is able to get their undergraduate students involved in the innovation of cutting edge renewable energy research. During the 2007-2008 academic year Kaneka Corporation of Osaka Japan, sponsored the installation of a Photovoltaic (PV) system located at the newly created South Jersey Technical Park. This 1kW system utilizes Kaneka’s new amorphous-silicon photovoltaic modules, which are purported to being more efficient in higher temperatures. A comparison of these amorphous modules and an existing system of differing module types has been completed. This reference system being a 13.3kW array of single-crystalline modules located on the same roof, tilted at a comparable angle. Working in an engineering clinic environment modeled on the medical school model, students were to determine (if existent) the efficiency gains of the new amorphous type modules in contrast to the mono-crystalline modules on the same roof.


The New Jersey state school Rowan University’s College of Engineering (CoE) has made a name for itself in large part due to working hand in hand with industrial affiliates from around the world. When the CoE was created thanks to a healthy endowment by an industry magnate, one of the most important aspects that the university wanted to integrate into its curriculum was a large amount of practical experience for its students. Not only would this keep things interesting but would also prepare them well for their future. The most important way this was done was by introducing what is now called the Engineering Clinic. This bases its idea on the medical school model by providing the necessary experience in a safe environment that will enable the participants to be fully capable of acting on their own in the real world, all the while providing a service to its affiliates. The details of the clinic are described in numerous papers1,2,3 so the sequence is not discussed here. In recent years many other papers have been written to demonstrate the usefulness of the clinic and to share many opportunities that students at this university have had to apply the clinic to innovative renewable energy and sustainability activities4-12. In late 2007 Kaneka Corporation of Japan approached the CoE to fund an experimental Photovoltaic system that incorporates their new amorphous silicon modules which promise lower losses of performance in higher temperatures when compared to conventional

Jansson, P. M., & Schwabe, U., & Bellomo - Whitten, K., & Bucca, J. (2009, June), An Undergraduate Analysis Of Two Different Photovoltaic Module Types: A Comparison Completed For An Industrial Affiliate Paper presented at 2009 Annual Conference & Exposition, Austin, Texas. 10.18260/1-2--5670

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