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Design and Implementation of a 1kW Photovoltaic System as a Training Infrastructure

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2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Indianapolis, Indiana

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June 15, 2014

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June 15, 2014

End Date

June 18, 2014



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Miscellaneous Topics in Energy Education

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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24.364.1 - 24.364.13



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Faruk Yildiz Sam Houston State University


Keith L. Coogler Sam Houston State University

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Dr. Keith L. Coogler is an instructor of industrial technology at Sam Houston State University. He received a BS in Design & Development and holds a MA in Industrial Education and an Ed.D. in Higher Education from Texas A&M University – Commerce. His primary teaching area is Construction Management. Research interests include: automation, electronics, alternative energy, and “green” construction.

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Design and Implementation of a 1kW Photovoltaic System as a Training InfrastructureAbstractSouth Instructor Training Network (SITN) program of South-Central Regions is one of the eightnationwide regions that funded by the U.S. Department of Energy for instructor trainingpurposes to teach solar photovoltaic systems. One of the eight regions is the South-CentralRegion leaded by the Energy Institute at Houston Community College – North East collaboratingwith Ontility Solar training company. The primary goal of the project is to help facilitate andsupport the creation of a well-trained and highly qualified solar energy workforce of sufficientsize and diversity to meet the projected needs of this country. Another goal of the project is theneed to integrate solar technology within existing courses or programs. The regional trainingproviders (RTPs) of the SITN provide programs that meet the project goals, and work closelywith the National Administrator to foster the growth of a well-trained energy workforce.Sam Houston State University (SHSU) became part of the South-Central Provider of SolarInstructor Training Network (SITN) program in January 2013. As the recipient of the U.S.Department of Energy’s SITN grant for the South Central region, SHSU works closely withHouston Community College-NE (HCC-NE) to establish and develop a training programincluding solar photovoltaic courses and laboratory resources. As part of the recipient agreement,SHSU’s qualified faculty developed solar PV classes, created classroom and laboratoryinstructions and spaces. The goals of this paper are to share experiences gained being a recipientof SITN program, establishing a complete 1kW Solar Photovoltaic system to conduct laboratoryinstructions. Industrial Technology students and faculty (electronics, construction management,design and development, safety management) have involved in the project for both design andimplementation phases. A small storage shed (power house) was built and concrete blocks wereprepared by the students to install five aluminum poles to install the solar panels. The system iscompleted and being used as part of laboratory demonstrations and instructions.

Yildiz, F., & Coogler, K. L. (2014, June), Design and Implementation of a 1kW Photovoltaic System as a Training Infrastructure Paper presented at 2014 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Indianapolis, Indiana. 10.18260/1-2--20255

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