July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
This paper describes the development of a new virtual reality (VR)-based laboratory module in green manufacturing education. The VR laboratory module is intended to provide an in-depth student leaning of solar energy efficiency issues to reduce the environmental impact in industry. The VR solar panel laboratory module is built with the primary purpose of allowing students to be able to work on the solar experiment remotely. Students will be able to gain knowledge and hands-on experience without having to own the physical equipment, and concepts in solar energy engineering can be conveyed effectively. The VR solar panel is built using Unity 3D with the help of the Steam VR development kit. The 3D model of the solar panel is created and rendered with the help of Blender. The solar panel is designed to be interactable. Users will be able to virtually grab and turn the solar panel and interact with all the buttons using VR controllers and a VR headset. Three main lab modules are incorporated into the solar panel lab: the angle of the light source with respect to the solar panel's angle, the temperature, and the maximum power point (MPP). The back-end programming of the solar panel is conducted using C#. The back-end includes all of the panel's characteristics and all the underlying formulas that generate experimental data. The virtual solar panel laboratory is designed to incorporate seamlessly with the lecture material and can be used to completely replace the physical solar panel lab. Students learn the fundamentals of photovoltaic (PV) effect and virtual reality gives a platform for students to implement the concepts in practice. We will conclude the paper with practical implications in instructional practice.
Chiou, R., & Nguyen, H. V., & Ciobanescu Husanu, I. N., & Tseng, T. B. (2021, July), Developing VR-Based Solar Cell Lab Module in Green Manufacturing Education Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36947
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