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Hands on Experience for students on an Energy Management System

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

Publication Date

June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

End Date

June 26, 2013



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Topics in Energy Management

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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23.652.1 - 23.652.8



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Jaime Ramos-Salas P.E. University of Texas, Pan American

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Emmanuel Benitez University of Texas, Pan American


Leonel Aguilera University of Texas, Pan American

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Leonel Aguilera earned his B.S degree in Electrical Engineering from The Technology Institute of Saltillo, Coahuila, Mexico in 2006. He obtained a MS in Electrical Engineering at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Tex. He is an active researcher with interests in Networking and Renewable Energy.

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Hands on Experience for students on an Energy Management SystemAs new energy technologies arise, they are being implemented in the Power Grid Nation Wideservices. We believe that it is very important to create an efficient way to manage the energyresources in our facilities.In the University of Texas – Pan American we have designed a system using the Graphical UserInterface of LabVIEW to gather Solar Power Data using a Measurement and Computing minilab1008 interface.This system gathers Solar Power Information from a 5 kW Fixed Photovoltaic Array. It has thecapability to retrieve real time prices of electricity for the southern region of Texas according toThe Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), and generate a report on the actual energyproduction revenue.In addition to this system, we have added a database where the power information is stored forthe purpose of generating a detailed report of the solar power data. This report includes Powerand Energy information generated by 2 isolated Photovoltaic 5 kW systems plus the SolarRadiation Measurements gathered using a specialized instrument.In this paper we introduce a set of experimental laboratory exercises for undergraduate studentsto become familiar with these practices of Renewable Solar Energy.

Ramos-Salas, J., & Benitez, E., & Aguilera, L. (2013, June), Hands on Experience for students on an Energy Management System Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--19666

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