Project Examples

PV system design for Lowell National Park

Course: 22.527 Solar Systems Engineering
Semester: Spring 2008
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner:Lowell National Park

A two-student group from the Solar Systems Design course chose to design a stand-alone photovoltaic system to power two Victorian-style lights located in Lowell’s National Park. As many of the other teams in this course, these two students had to use the knowledge acquired during the semester to choose the type of panels and batteries needed, to calculate how many of these would be required, they also chose the type of light fixture to be used and the charge controller. In addition to this, they also performed tests on the existing PV panels from the Solar lab, they created a wiring diagram and finally, performed a cost analysis for the project. The report was forwarded to the National Park Service in Lowell.