College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Electrical Engineering

College - Author 2

College of Engineering

Department - Author 2

Electrical Engineering Department

Degree - Author 2

BS in Electrical Engineering



Primary Advisor

Dale Dolan, College of Engineering, Electrical Engineering Department


The design goal for this project is to create a system capable of creating a consistent testing environment for photovoltaic inverters and charge controllers. The solution is to create a photovoltaic emulator which is a DC power supply that would have the same electrical output characteristics to a photovoltaic panel. In current systems, consistency problems arise when depending on nature to conduct tests on PV modules because it is impossible to properly replicate scenarios while testing specific conditions. This project will provide the user the ability to test their PV modules under various parameters which replicate real-world scenarios such as temperature and weather conditions. This paper will outline the design and simulation of a photovoltaic emulator.

Regarding the change in learning environment due to Covid-19, the original scope of the project had to be appropriately adjusted. All aspects of “Section 2: Project Planning” as well as the “Appendix A: Senior Project Design Analysis” will still account for the original design choices made during fall quarter preparation. “Section 3: System Design” will more accurately reflect the true scope of project. Please refer to “Appendix B: Alterations Due to Covid-19” for more details on changes made to better accommodate the situation.