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Title

The Effect of Cloudy Days on PV Arrays

Presenter Information

Matthew MorenoFollow

Academic Level at Time of Presentation

Senior

Major

Engineering Physics

Minor

none

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Dr. Aleck Leedy

Presentation Format

Oral Presentation

Abstract/Description

The technology of solar energy is still being researched by both engineers and physicists to this day. There are a large number of factors that can affect a solar panel’s performance that includes electrical and environmental effects. The extent to which shading from clouding and controlled shading can change the power output of a solar panel will be investigated.

Two electrical topologies will be utilized during laboratory research: a solar panel connected to a variable resistor, and a solar panel connected to a boost converter. Experimental tests will be conducted using the two topologies on sunny days, on cloudy days, and controlled shading analysis at certain coverage percentages. They will all be conducted at various cell temperatures. A power vs. voltage (P-V) curve will be produced for each experimental test conducted in the laboratory. Various aspects of the P-V curves produced from experimental data will be analyzed and studied.

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The Effect of Cloudy Days on PV Arrays

The technology of solar energy is still being researched by both engineers and physicists to this day. There are a large number of factors that can affect a solar panel’s performance that includes electrical and environmental effects. The extent to which shading from clouding and controlled shading can change the power output of a solar panel will be investigated.

Two electrical topologies will be utilized during laboratory research: a solar panel connected to a variable resistor, and a solar panel connected to a boost converter. Experimental tests will be conducted using the two topologies on sunny days, on cloudy days, and controlled shading analysis at certain coverage percentages. They will all be conducted at various cell temperatures. A power vs. voltage (P-V) curve will be produced for each experimental test conducted in the laboratory. Various aspects of the P-V curves produced from experimental data will be analyzed and studied.