June 26, 2011
June 26, 2011
June 29, 2011
Energy Conversion and Conservation
22.217.1 - 22.217.9
Modeling of Solar Cells Using PSpice and Matlab-Simulink Utilized in the Classroom AbstractThis paper discusses the educational benefits of utilizing the mathematical models of Solar Cells inelectrical power systems curriculum. The mathematical model of Solar Cells and their simulation isdiscussed by using Pspice and Matlab-Simulink software. From the model we can define the relationshipbetween current and voltage, the affect of temperature, irradiance (solar insolation), series resistance, andshunt resistance. Photovoltaic power can be generated for residential, commercial and industrial usage inthe form of DC power and usually it is inverted to AC power via power electronics. These simulationscan be used for teaching purposes. The code is provided to the students so that they can focus on theresults. We believe that this paper contains a valuable discussion of solar cells and Photo Voltaic (PV)panels.The electric power industry will require an estimated 11,000 power engineers by the year 2014. As oftoday there are about 500 college degrees granted in power engineering. Thus, schools are quickly fallingbehind in the ability to output the appropriate amount of Power Engineers into the workforce. Typically,a Power Engineer has a sub-specialty, such as renewable energy. Knowledge of solar generation, mainly,creates a well-rounded Power Engineer who is more marketable and in-demand by the utility industryand by other Engineering groups.We intend to assess the impact of this material in our curriculum by the amount of jobs that ourgraduates get and their involvement in green energy, mostly photo voltaic generation.
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