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Investigations on Solar Data and a Grid-tied Solar Photovoltaic Array

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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

Investigating Alternative Energy Concepts

Tagged Division

Energy Conversion and Conservation

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22.975.1 - 22.975.11



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Mehmet Sozen Grand Valley State University

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Dr. Mehmet Sozen is an Associate Professor of engineering at Grand Valley State University. He teaches in the area of thermofluid sciences and energy related courses. His specialty and interest include transport phenomena in porous media, combustion, thermal management, high heat flux applications, and alternative and renewable energy applications.

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David Faasse

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David is a graduate of the University of Michigan with a Bachelors degree in Aerospace Engineering. Former graduate student of the the School of Engineering at Grand Valley State University.

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Investigations on Solar Data and a Grid-tied Solar Photovoltaic ArrayThe purchase an installation of a grid-tied solar photovoltaic (PV) system in our institution forsupporting a course titled “Alternative Energy Systems and Applications” provided usopportunities to develop new tools to support hands-on engineering education as well as carryout research in the area of renewable energy sources, particularly solar energy. This paper dealswith the research we recently carried out on solar data availability and performance analysis ofthe grid-tied solar PV system. The academic goal of these investigations was developing toolsand methods for analyzing available solar irradiation for assessing the performance of solar PVand solar thermal systems at the location of interest. One of the ultimate objectives was toaccurately assess the availability of solar radiation and predict the performance of our grid-tiedarray of PV panels, and to compare the predicted performance with the actual one based onmeasured energy generated.For solar radiation we investigated both locally measured data as well radiation databases basedon measured data as well as data from theoretical models and hybrid models. Based on thedifferent sources of data examined, different models were established for analyzing theperformance of the PV panels and predicting their output power based on the manufacturer’sspecifications. We have obtained different degrees of agreement between the actual measuredperformance of the system and the predictions of different models we developed. This paper willdiscuss in detail the approach we followed in our investigations, the models developed and theresults obtained.

Sozen, M., & Faasse, D. (2011, June), Investigations on Solar Data and a Grid-tied Solar Photovoltaic Array Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18575

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