New Orleans, Louisiana
June 26, 2016
June 26, 2016
August 28, 2016
Renewable energy related course work are becoming an important part of the science, engineering, and technology curricula. Hands-on training of the renewable energy related coursework occupy major space in engineering technology related technical coursework. Renewable energy courses are the ones typically require hands-on laboratory experiments for the students unless the course is being taught in the business and education related programs. Laboratory experiments for the renewable energy related courses necessitate two major laboratory tools. First one is a good laboratory workbook pertaining what is being taught in the lectures and second one is the related laboratory equipment. There are variety of laboratory equipment available in the market for the instructors. The cost of the equipment vary between $2500 - $100,000 or more depending on what is expected from laboratory equipment. Some of the training/laboratory unit companies offer manuals/workbooks for their equipment for the schools. For those technical and engineering programs covering specific renewable energy curricula and lacking funding to purchase necessary lab equipment seek ways to build their own equipment and prepare related laboratory activities. This research describes design and development of the two renewable energy training equipment with activity manuals; a) Grid-Tied Solar Photovoltaic Training Unit (using micro and string inverters), b) Grid-Tied Solar Photovoltaic Training Unit with battery backup. Both units are completely designed and built in the design and production laboratories of an engineering technology program by faculty and students. Both units are utilized in lab sections of two renewable energy courses offered in the program. Both systems are utilized to cover; a) how a PV cell works, b) how the PV system itself operates, c) DC and AC electronics basics, d) electrical and mechanical integration, e) solar PV safety, f) micro vs. string inverters, g) charge controllers, h) type of batteries, i) monitoring and data acquisition systems, j) disconnects, k) AC and DC loads, l) converters, m) Series and parallel connections etc. All the research details and student involvement will be shared with the academia.
Yildiz, F., & Suh, M. J., & Coogler, K. L., & Dakeev, U., & Baltaci, K. (2016, June), Design and Development of a Grid-Tied Solar Photovoltaic Training Infrastructure Paper presented at 2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, New Orleans, Louisiana. 10.18260/p.26659
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