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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

Start Date

June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Themes in Renewable Energy and ET

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Engineering Technology

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23.573.1 - 23.573.12



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Immanuel Edinbarough P.E. University of Texas, Brownsville

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Dr. Immanuel Edinbarough is a Professor in the department of Engineering Technology
at the University of Texas at Brownsville. He is currently holding administrative appointments such as, Associate Dean of the College of Science, Mathematics and Technology and the Director of Engineering Technology.

He has a successful track record spanning over 25 years in the service oriented and challenging fields of academia, industry and military. He is a hands-on manufacturing expert who has worked in several areas of engineering, manufacturing, and technical management including research, design, and production of mechanical, electronic, and electromechanical systems. Recognized trainer and resource person in the fields of CAD/CAM/CIM, Robotics and Automation, Machine vision, ISO 9000 and Lean Six Sigma. He has published several papers, in these areas, in various national & international conferences and journals. He has won several teaching awards including the academic excellence award, NISOD 2008, from the University of Texas at Austin.

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EXPERIMENTAL STUDY ON THE OPTIMUM HARVESTING OF SUNLIGHT FOR AN EFFICIENT SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEMAbstract:Reducing high energy consumption and the associated cost are significant to our daily life,especially with the current economy. The paper presents the work done for the capstone seniordesign project and its subsequent improvement and consolidation. The objective of the project isto develop an efficient solar energy system with an automated solar tracker for the optimumharvesting of sunlight. This project also exemplifies the integration of various aspects ofengineering technology curriculum including the automation, product and process design,design for manufacturability and design for durability concepts.The solar tracker is used to maximize the absorption of the solar power by adjusting the panelautomatically to be perpendicular to the sun’s ray. This is done by using photo-sensors tomeasure the irradiance of the sun and providing a feedback signal on the current position of thepanel. The position of the solar panel is automatically aligned to the direction of the sun’s raysby calculating both the seasonal movement and current location of the sun. The panel orientationis processed by the use of two linear actuators, the first one control the azimuth move (season)and the second one the zenith move (day).The solar tracker system is divided into two parts the hardware and the control. In the hardware,the base is designed and fabricated to mount the solar panel and the micro-controller. The controlprogramming was developed using C++ language. The system is designed to be robust andlightweight for enhanced durability and mobility.The paper will present the technological aspects of developing a dual axis control for theautomated solar tracking system for the optimum harvesting of solar energy. The lateralintegration of the various pedagogical aspects of engineering technology curriculum includingthe concepts in automation and product and process design will also be discussed in detail.

Edinbarough, I. (2013, June), EXPERIMENTAL STUDY ON THE OPTIMUM HARVESTING OF SUNLIGHT FOR AN EFFICIENT SOLAR ENERGY SYSTEM Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19587

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