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Portable Photovoltaic Laboratory for In-Service Teacher Workshops

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2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Atlanta, Georgia

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June 23, 2013

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June 23, 2013

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June 26, 2013



Conference Session

Instrumentation Technical Session I

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23.971.1 - 23.971.9



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Kenneth E. Dudeck Pennsylvania State University, Hazleton Campus

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Kenneth Dudeck is an associate professor of Electrical Engineering at the Pennsylvania State University located in Hazleton, Pa. He has been teaching Electrical, Computer, and Electrical Technology Engineering Courses for the past 25 years.

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Wieslaw Grebski Pennsylvania State University, Hazleton Campus

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Portable Photovoltaic Laboratory for In-Service Teacher WorkshopsThis paper describes the design and development of a Sustainable Energy Workshop thatfeatures a mobile Photovoltaic Laboratory for the purpose of providing an outdoor learningresource. The portability of this laboratory was achieved by the design and construction ofcustom utility carts used for the mounting of the photovoltaic panels and the supportinginstrumentation. The workshop also included a demonstration fixed solar thermal system usedto generate hot water, as well energy auditing techniques.The instrumentation outlined in this paper was used in the delivery of two separate workshopsthat were offered to K-12 teachers as part of their ACT-48 in-service workshops. The objectiveof these workshops was to expose teachers to the concepts of renewable energy resources andempower them with teaching materials that they could use in their classrooms to increase studentawareness and excitement in renewable energy industry.Additional, this paper also provides details regarding the content, pedagogical outcomes, andassessment results of developed workshops that used this instrumentation.

Dudeck, K. E., & Grebski, W. (2013, June), Portable Photovoltaic Laboratory for In-Service Teacher Workshops Paper presented at 2013 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Atlanta, Georgia. 10.18260/1-2--22356

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