Author(s) Information

Virginia YanFollow

College

College of Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name

BS in Electrical Engineering

Date

12-2018

Advisor

Dr. Ali Shaban

Abstract/Summary

Distribution level solar energy generation has gained importance and popularity, because it helps create a sustainable electricity system while reducing the harmful environmental impacts our current power systems have. This project proposes an alternative energy source, a laboratory-scale grid-connected photovoltaic system. A KC120-1 solar panel produces 120 Watts maximum. A grid-tied solar power inverter does DC-to-AC conversion and minimizes energy transfer losses. The inverter also has an anti-islanding feature, which senses a power outage and prevents back-feeding through isolating the circuit. The circuit breakers isolate electrical components and protect the circuit. Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories SEL-751 feeder protection relay and SEL-735 power quality meter protect and monitor the feeder before joining the Microgrid Lab.

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