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Zinger, Donald S.

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M.S. (Master of Science)

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Department of Electrical Engineering


LabVIEW; Photovoltaic power generation--Computer simulation; Plates (Engineering); Solar radiation simulation--Mathematical models


Solar energy is a highly renewable energy source, causing no pollution to the external environment. In the recent years, the development and implementation of solar panels is increasing rapidly in both commercial and rural areas. Further research is being done for developing efficient solar panels. Considering the current development of solar panels, it is pivotal for the next generation of engineers to focus on research and development of solar panels. The objective of this thesis is to develop a solar panel simulator using LabVIEW software. LabVIEW software is used for its graphical programming, which makes understanding the working of solar panel easier. Solar panel simulators can also be used for testing the solar panels for specific parameters. In this thesis, mathematical modelling of solar panel is used for simulation. The solar panel is simulated with a constant load. The effects of different load resistance on the operating point of the solar panel are analyzed. Various model approaches are analyzed and implemented prior to developing the final model. The current-voltage and the power-voltage characteristics of the solar panel for varying solar irradiance and temperature are simulated.


Advisors: Donald S. Zinger.||Committee members: Michael J. Haji-Sheikh; Martin Kocanda.||Includes bibliographical references.||Includes illustrations.


viii, 66 pages




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