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Applied Modeling of Solar Cells

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

Start Date

June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Investigating Alternative Energy Concepts

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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22.217.1 - 22.217.9



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Ignacio B. Osorno California State University, Northridge

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I have been teaching and researching Electrical Power Systems for over 25 years, and currently I am a Professor of ECE. Published over 20 technical papers and given several presentations related to the "smart grid" and electric power systems. Consulting with several major corporations has been accomplished in the areas of power electronics and solar energy. I am the lead faculty member of the Electric Power Systems Program. I have established the electrical machines and microprocessor-relay laboratories and power electronics laboratory (in progress). Research interests are solar energy, wind energy, power electronics, protection and teaching. I am Senior Member of IEEE, HKN (adviser), ASEE campus representative. I am the recipient of the “Distinguished Engineering Educator Award,” given by the San Fernando Valley Engineer’ Council, February 2010, Los Angeles, CA.

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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.

Osorno, I. B. (2011, June), Applied Modeling of Solar Cells Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17498

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