Grade Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Institution

Morehead State University

KY House District #

99 / 57

KY Senate District #

27 / 7

Department

Engineering and Information Systems

Abstract

Abstract 1

Feasibility of Efficient Photovoltaics in Eastern Kentucky

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.

Abstract 2

Developing a 3-D printed solar vehicle with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulator

A solar vehicle is completely powered by solar energy using an array of solar cells its converts the suns energy into electrical energy and then stores this in a onboard battery. The use of renewable energy in vehicles is important for us to become less dependent on fossil fuels. In the present work, we propose a new concept of designing a solar cell-powered vehicle by 3-D modeling with Solid Works and an industry standard commercial simulator with SC/Tetra Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Focusing on the goal of developing a 3-D printed solar vehicle in Eastern Kentucky , we are designing our new type of vehicle to their specifications by drawing upon the technology from areas such as aerospace, solar energy, and the automotive industry. We are working to develop a more efficient vehicle by using simulation software to minimize our drag coefficient, along with other negative forces such as tire friction and brake loss.

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"Feasibility of Efficient Photovoltaics in Eastern Kentucky" / "Developing a 3-D printed solar vehicle with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulator"

Abstract 1

Feasibility of Efficient Photovoltaics in Eastern Kentucky

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.

Abstract 2

Developing a 3-D printed solar vehicle with Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulator

A solar vehicle is completely powered by solar energy using an array of solar cells its converts the suns energy into electrical energy and then stores this in a onboard battery. The use of renewable energy in vehicles is important for us to become less dependent on fossil fuels. In the present work, we propose a new concept of designing a solar cell-powered vehicle by 3-D modeling with Solid Works and an industry standard commercial simulator with SC/Tetra Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD). Focusing on the goal of developing a 3-D printed solar vehicle in Eastern Kentucky , we are designing our new type of vehicle to their specifications by drawing upon the technology from areas such as aerospace, solar energy, and the automotive industry. We are working to develop a more efficient vehicle by using simulation software to minimize our drag coefficient, along with other negative forces such as tire friction and brake loss.

 

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