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E-Quality Control Method for Measuring Solar Cell Efficiency

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

NSF Grantees Poster Session

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NSF Grantees

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22.515.1 - 22.515.13



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Richard Chiou Drexel University

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Dr. Richard Chiou’s background is in mechanical engineering with an emphasis on manufacturing. Dr. Chiou is currently an associate professor in the Goodwin School of Technology and Professional Studies at Drexel University. His areas of research include machining, mechatronics, and internet based robotics and automation. He has secured many research and education grants from the NSF, the SME Education Foundation, and industries.

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Michael G. Mauk Drexel University


Robin Kizirian Drexel University

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Robin Kizirian completed his M.S. degree in Computer Engineering at Drexel University in Philadelphia and his B.S. degree in Computer Engineering with a minor in Computer Science at the University of Hartford in Connecticut. He is currently serving as a research assistant at the Engineering Technology department at Drexel University. Robin has been involved in various projects funded by Pfizer, NASA, NSF and Department of Education. His areas of research include Embedded Systems, Mechatronics, Efficient Solar Energy Systems, Internet-based Quality Control and 3-D Online Education.

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William Peeples Drexel University

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William Peeples is a graduate from Drexel University with a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology. He now works in the Engineering Technology laboratory as a research assistant at Drexel University. His interests include Robotics, Vibrations, Controls Systems, Internet-based Quality Control, and Renewable Energy Systems.

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AbstractRecent results of laboratory and course development under an NSF, CCLI sponsoredproject, “CCLI Phase II: E-Quality for Manufacturing (EQM) Integrated with Web-enabled Production Systems for Engineering Technology Education” (NSF Award #0618665) are presented. This paper discusses an educational effort that incorporatesRenewable Energy in a senior design project offered at Drexel University. RenewableEnergy science and technology stimulates discoveries and developments that promise tosustain a wave of new technological and economic innovations throughout the world. It islikely that the use of renewable energy will become an increasing national priority thatwill affect the next generation of college students. The senior design project engagesstudents in their studies on the implementation of an innovative method for measuring theefficiency of solar cells using E-Quality and image processing. There is a need forstudents to learn how to provide a consistent quality control method for evaluating theefficiency of solar cells in manufacturing. The types of methods used so far are mostlycontact methods that may damage the cells while their efficiency is being evaluated. Bylinking the current output of a solar cell to the grain size, it is possible to develop a non-contact method of evaluating the efficiency of solar cells. By measuring the blob size ofdifferent grains and linking them to current output, a non-contact system for evaluatingsolar cells can be created. This project is Internet-based and is an essential resourcefulelement for engineers who are working in the Renewable Energy industry. A concludingsection discusses the experiences from offering such a project.

Chiou, R., & Mauk, M. G., & Kizirian, R., & Peeples, W. (2011, June), E-Quality Control Method for Measuring Solar Cell Efficiency Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--17796

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