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 implementation of a solar PV emulator. Creating a controllable testing environment which sufficiently recreates realistic conditions a photovoltaic cell would experience in real world use. The project aims to accurately show the efficiency and reliability of a solar PV cell, opposed to an ideal model which creates unrealistic expectations. The PV emulator implements conditions such as: irradiance, soiling and temperate changes. It gives feedback on a displayed IV curve and/or PV curve so the user may graphically analyze the output their PV cell produces given various conditions. It allows the user selectable conditions the solar cell may experience this way the user may generate data power data that would reflect the respective conditions. To create an adequate educational tool, provided feedback from the Solar PV Emulator in .xls format may be utilized at the students will. Overall, the solar PV emulator creates an easy and powerful way to accurately test solar modules in such a way that creates non-ideal data, necessary and valuable to those looking to learn more about solar PV.