Project Examples

Optimal Spacing and Tilt (slope) and Azimuth Collectors for a Feasibility Study for Lowell Regional Technical High School

Course: 22.521 - Solar Fundamentals
Semester: Fall 2005
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner:Greater Lowell Technical High School (GLTHS)

Brief Description:

The goal of this project was to estimate the optimal slope and azimuth and spacing to fit as many collectors as possible in a given roof area in order to obtain maximum incident irradiation. Student objectives for this project included: experimenting with the usage of solar irradiation by estimating angular positions for collector plates such as optimal slope, azimuth angle, and optimal spacing between collectors. Teams of two students generated final reports with results, conclusions and recommendations for each site. Students reported on their methodology and how they met the objectives outlined above.

Full Description:

The goal of this project was to estimate the optimal slope and azimuth and spacing to fit as many collectors as possible in a given roof area in order to obtain maximum incident irradiation. Student objectives for this project included: experimenting with the usage of solar irradiation by estimating angular positions for collector plates such as optimal slope, azimuth angle, and optimal spacing between collectors. Teams of two students generated final reports with results, conclusions and recommendations for each site. Students reported on their methodology and how they met the objectives outlined above. The analysis was used in a final report to the GLTHS (see the related project above).