Date

6-2011

Degree Name

BS in Electrical Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering Department

Advisor

Dale Dolan

Abstract

This project is a mobile platform that will allow experiments on different solar panels to be done easily while keeping the cost of the lab to a minimum. California Polytechnic State University’s motto is ‘learn by doing’ and this lab structure will allow students to get practical experience with photovoltaic cells and the instruments that are required to take measurements. The solar instrumentation lab is a potential hardware lab for the electrical engineering department’s Sustainable Electric Energy Conversion class EE 420 and Solar-Photovoltaic Systems Design EE 520. This group took the current solar structure as a base for the lab’s functions and also the input from professors who would be running these solar labs as to what they would like to see in future labs and incorporated their suggestions into the solar structure capabilities. The result will be a user friendly mobile solar lab on which students can perform experiments that is affordable for the electrical engineering department.

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