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Design And Implementation Of A Virtual Web Based Power Measurement Module For A Hybrid Renewable Power System

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2010 Annual Conference & Exposition


Louisville, Kentucky

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June 20, 2010

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June 20, 2010

End Date

June 23, 2010



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Electrical and Computer Engineering Laboratories

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Division Experimentation & Lab-Oriented Studies

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15.350.1 - 15.350.12



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Esther Ososanya University of the District of Columbia


Samuel Lakeou University of the District of Columbia

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Samuel Lakeou received a BSEE (1974) and a MSEE (1976) from the University of Grenoble
(Universite Joseph Fourier), and a PhD in Electrical Engineering from the Ecole Nationale
d’Electronique et de Radioelectricite de Grenoble of the National Polytechnic Institute of
Grenoble, France, in 1978. He is currently a Professor and Chair of the department of electrical
engineering at UDC. He was formerly staff member at the New Products Laboratory of RCA’s
Consumer Electronics Division in Indianapolis, IN (1984-86).

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Wagdy Mahmoud University of the District of Columbia


Amarachukwu C Ukaegbu University of the District of Columbia

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Senior in Computer Engineering

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Lily Kemathe University of the District of Columbia

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Graduating Senior in Electrical Engineering

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Design and Implementation of a Virtual Web-based Power Measurement Module for a Hybrid Renewable Power System

Abstract This paper presents the implementation of a hardware and software interface monitoring system for the power measurement and performance evaluation of a 4.54KW Solar/Wind combo Renewable Energy system designed for a Zero Energy Home. The project includes a low cost, LED based power level indicator working in conjunction with a DC motor, which is operated by the solar power system. The project also includes a fountain-like display showing the operation of a submersible pump placed in a 600-gallon tank and operated by the solar/wind power system. LabVIEW Virtual instrumentation was used for the dynamic data acquisition of the current and voltage outputs from the power system. The virtual instrumentation is configured to compute daily power output in KWhr; the output of which is interfaced to an embedded system for a digital read out and display of the daily power generation. A web accessible and remote controlled weather station is also configured for providing an elaborate histogram of weather data, including solar radiation and wind speed data gathered at the project site. The data logging is used for an assessment of the correlation between the local weather and the electric power generation.


The focus of the project is to provide a continuous monitoring channel for the 4.54KW hybrid renewable solar/wind power system and its electrical console, comprising of IO module “Grundfos 102” Controller , which has the property of combining both DC and AC to provide a single DC output signal, and is used to combine the total power from the solar and the wind turbine; EZ Wire 120 amp Controller system which combines two DC inputs and outputs the corresponding DC signal, Transformers, deep cycle batteries, 120V Xantrex inverter which transforms a DC input signal into an AC signal, and the Solar Tracker device Wattsun AZ-125, which helps the solar panel to track the sun, hence make the system more efficient. The power system consists of a solar tracking photovoltaic (PV) array and a Whisper H80 wind turbine. Detail integration of the PV modules, the wind turbine and electrical consoles with the monitoring interface system is discussed. This project was a part of a continuing research on the renewable energy power based system that started in 2006.This phase began in summer 2009 and was funded by NSF, STEM, LSAMP programs. It was accomplished by junior and senior Electrical and Computer engineering students.

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Ososanya, E., & Lakeou, S., & Mahmoud, W., & Ukaegbu, A. C., & Kemathe, L. (2010, June), Design And Implementation Of A Virtual Web Based Power Measurement Module For A Hybrid Renewable Power System Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16834

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