BS in Electrical Engineering
Electrical Engineering Department
This project entails the design and assembly of the photovoltaic system, switchboard panel enclosure, and battery enclosure for the DC House’s main electrical system. The intended purpose of this project is to provide the electrical framework necessary for future students to easily modify and add to this rendition of the DC House. The principle design implements a variety of renewable energy sources, however this senior project only uses solar power in order to maintain a manageable scope. Each of these renewable energy sources are stepped down to a voltage of 24V and input to a Multi Input Single Output DC to DC converter (MISO) located within the switchboard panel enclosure. The MISO then connects to a set of batteries which power the loads of the DC House operating at 48V. The finished assembly of the photovoltaic array and panel enclosure will then be retrofitted to a small house located at the Student Experimental Farm (SEF). After the retrofit, the electrical system will be tested at the source and load sides to ensure proper system functionality.