Poster Title

Feasibility of Efficient Photovoltaics in Eastern Kentucky [Hybrid Poster 2-A]

Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Institution

Morehead State University

KY House District #

99

KY Senate District #

27

Department

Engineering and Information Systems

Abstract

Photovoltaics (PV-also called solar photovoltaic devices) are used to harness the power of the sun via the electronic process that occurs within semiconductor cells. The solar energy is absorbed by the cells, which causes the electrons to break away from their atoms, allowing them to flow within the material to produce electricity. This electricity will become the renewable energy for Kentucky, as the generation of coal will but come to a stop within the near future. Like Denmark who is running on 100% renewable generation we must stride to become fully operational on solar.

In the present work, we systematically studied about renewable energy resources, in particular, solar energy for the application of photovoltaic cells in Eastern Kentucky. By analyzing data from our installed panels incorporating MPPT charge controllers we have constructed a maximum power algorithm that performs best for the location. With this algorithm and PV cells at Morehead State University designed to follow the direction of the sun for optimized output, the measurements of the daily electricity production have validated our research. With the advancements in solar cell technology what was once impossible is now reality, as energy gathered within just 1/5th the land can power the state. Knowing this, the area is a prime location for the use of PV as a production source of renewable energy. This can enable the advancement of this region to become less dependent on fossil fuels and begin the creation of an infrastructure that will run off solar power.

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Feasibility of Efficient Photovoltaics in Eastern Kentucky [Hybrid Poster 2-A]

Photovoltaics (PV-also called solar photovoltaic devices) are used to harness the power of the sun via the electronic process that occurs within semiconductor cells. The solar energy is absorbed by the cells, which causes the electrons to break away from their atoms, allowing them to flow within the material to produce electricity. This electricity will become the renewable energy for Kentucky, as the generation of coal will but come to a stop within the near future. Like Denmark who is running on 100% renewable generation we must stride to become fully operational on solar.

In the present work, we systematically studied about renewable energy resources, in particular, solar energy for the application of photovoltaic cells in Eastern Kentucky. By analyzing data from our installed panels incorporating MPPT charge controllers we have constructed a maximum power algorithm that performs best for the location. With this algorithm and PV cells at Morehead State University designed to follow the direction of the sun for optimized output, the measurements of the daily electricity production have validated our research. With the advancements in solar cell technology what was once impossible is now reality, as energy gathered within just 1/5th the land can power the state. Knowing this, the area is a prime location for the use of PV as a production source of renewable energy. This can enable the advancement of this region to become less dependent on fossil fuels and begin the creation of an infrastructure that will run off solar power.