Type of Document Thesis Author Anthony, Thomas P. URN etd-11122006-220414 Title Comparative Analysis of The Power Output of Crystalline Photovoltaic (PV) Modules using Solar Tracking System Degree Master of Science Department Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering, Department of Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title Yaw A. Owusu Committee Chair Carl A. Moore Committee Member James Simpson Committee Member Keywords
- Solar Tracking
- Crystalline Photovoltaic
Date of Defense 2006-10-18 Availability unrestricted AbstractThe focus of this thesis was to employ the use of two widely used types of photovoltaic (PV) modules namely monocrystalline and polycrystalline in a tracking system to determine which produces the greater output and compare these results to those reached by my predecessor, Michael O. Case[Case, 2003]. Several factors affect the overall productivity of a solar system. These include but are not limited to, time of day, time of year, latitude and atmospheric conditions, all of which were dealt with throughout this thesis.
The thesis began with the design and assembly of a solar tracking system. This system was used to collect data using monocrystalline and polycrystalline modules in various configurations. The configurations were stationary zero degrees, stationary forty degrees and solar tracking at forty degrees.
Once data was acquired, it was entered in to the statistical software “Design Expert V6.0”. Statistical analysis was then performed to determine the effect the chosen factors had on the power output of the two types of modules in terms of which type provides greater output and in what configuration.
It was determined that the monocrystalline module produces greater power output than its polycrystalline counterpart. A final experiment was set up to determine the mode that produces the greatest power output. The results from the experiment revealed that monocrystalline modules deliver greater power in a tracking configuration. However, it may be necessary to consider the effects of temperature depending on application of these modules.
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