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Design Of A Low Cost Solar Tracking Photo Voltaic (Pv) Module And Wind Turbine Combination System.

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2006 Annual Conference & Exposition

Location

Chicago, Illinois

Publication Date

June 18, 2006

Start Date

June 18, 2006

End Date

June 21, 2006

ISSN

2153-5965

Conference Session

Design Projects in Wind and Solar Energy

Tagged Division

Energy Conversion and Conservation

Page Count

11

Page Numbers

11.406.1 - 11.406.11

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https://peer.asee.org/1152

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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 Chairperson 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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Esther Ososanya University of the District of Columbia

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Ben Latigo University of the District of Columbia

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Dr. Ben O. Latigo is Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of the District of Columbia. He received his BS degree with honors in Mechanical Engineering from the University of
Nairobi, a MS degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Arizona, and a Ph.D. degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Southern California. Dr. Latigo is a member of the American Society for Engineering Education and Senior Member of the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics. Dr. Latigo was previously tenured at Makerere University, Arizona State University, and the University of Toledo.

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George Karanja University of the District of Columbia

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Graduating Senior, BSEE from the University of the District of Columbia, expected in May 2006.

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Wagdy Mahmoud University of the District of Columbia

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Wagdy Mahmoud received a BSEE (1975) from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt., and a Master of Science, Computer Science (1989), a Master of Science, Electrical Engineering (1991), and Doctor of Philosophy, Electrical Engineering (1997) from The University of Alabama.. He is currently Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering at the Electrical Engineering at UDC. He was formerly Assistant Professor of at Tennessee Technological University (1998-2004) and a visiting Assistant Professor at the University of South Alabama (1998)

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Wilfried Oshumare University of the District of Columbia

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Graduating Senior, expected completion date of BSEE requirements at the University of the District of Columbia in December 2006.

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Design of a Low-cost Solar Tracking Photo-Voltaic (PV) Module and Wind Turbine Combination System

I. Introduction

This paper describes the design of a low cost, 0.9kW solar tracking photo-voltaic (PV) array system as part of an undergraduate senior project. The solar tracking system is interfaced with a 1kW wind turbine, a deep cycle battery storage system, a charge controller and an inverter. Solar tracking is realized through “field” programmable complex digital circuit and alternatively with a low cost solar radiation sensing transducer consisting of green light emitting diodes (LED). Actuation of the panel tilt for azimuth tracking and rotation of the panel for solar tracking are operated with a gear motor-based control system for adjusting the PV mount system’s position so as to collect maximum solar radiation. The gear motor controller module is built with state-of- the-art, low-cost digital logic circuit with built-in flexibility to accommodate seasonal position adjustments of the PV mounts. The design includes a computer remote access for monitoring the power generation of the system. The system is configured for an insolation (solar radiation) condition specific to the location of the system at the University of the District of Columbia in Washington, DC, but could be easily configured for any other location.

II. Background

As depicted in Figure 1, the position of the sun with respect to that of the earth changes in a cyclic manner during the course of a calendar year. Tracking the position of the sun in order to expose a solar panel to maximum radiation at any given time is the main purpose of a solar tracking PV system.

Lakeou, S., & Ososanya, E., & Latigo, B., & Karanja, G., & Mahmoud, W., & Oshumare, W. (2006, June), Design Of A Low Cost Solar Tracking Photo Voltaic (Pv) Module And Wind Turbine Combination System. Paper presented at 2006 Annual Conference & Exposition, Chicago, Illinois. https://peer.asee.org/1152

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