By the end of this lesson, you should be able to:
- convey the three key criteria within the goal of solar design and engineering;
- list the three main engineering parameters of locale that will guide your design options;
- describe the role of the power grid for decision making for photovoltaic strategies; and
- use the economic constraints of the client to constrain your design options.
What is due for Lesson 6?
This lesson will take us one week to complete. Please refer to the Canvas Calendar for specific time frames and due dates. Specific directions for the assignment below can be found within this lesson.
J.R. Brownson, Solar Energy Conversion Systems (SECS), Chapter 16: Project Design
J.R. Brownson, Solar Energy Conversion Systems (SECS), Chapter 6: Solar Geometry (A Comment on Optimal Tilt)
|Optional Reading (not required):||Greentech Media Article: Solar Balance-of-System: To Track or Not to Track, Part I (Nov. 2012)
M. Lave and J. Kleissl. (2011) Optimum fixed orientations and benefits of tracking for capturing solar radiation in the continental United States. Renewable Energy, 36:1145–1152.
C. B. Christensen and G. M. Barker (2001) Effects of tilt and azimuth on annual incident solar radiation for United States locations. In: Proceedings of Solar Forum 2001: Solar Energy: The Power to Choose, April 21-25 2001
T. Huld, M. Šúri, T. Cebecauer, E. D. Dunlop (2008) Comparison of electricity yield from fixed and sun-tracking PV systems in Europe. European Commission, Joint Research CentreInstitute for Energy, Renewable Energies Unit, via E. Fermi 2749, TP 450, I-21027 Ispra (VA), Italy (poster, PDF).
DSIRE (NC Solar Center) Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency
Learning Activity: Pre-Design Charette Plan
Discussion 1: Communicating Information to Your Client
Discussion 2: Brainstorming Your Solar Proposal (due after Lesson 7)
Quiz: See Canvas (Module 6)
Engage in all Try-This and Self-check activities (not graded)
Geospatial assessment as utility maximization: supply side
Incentive assessment as utility maximization: demand side
If you have any questions, please post them to the Lesson 6 General Questions and Comments Discussion Forum. I will check the forum regularly to respond. While you are in a discussion, feel free to post your own responses if you, too, are able to help out a classmate.