Date of Award
Honors College Theses
Dr. Joyce W. O'Rourke
Dr. Beverly Wade
The purpose of this project is to help reduce the electrical energy costs by using a natural resource that replenishes itself. The rays of the sun excite electrons in the light sensitive photovoltaic cells on the solar panels, and the cells convert the light into electricity. The total amount of solar energy that reaches the Earth is about 1 kilowatt per square meter. But because of the current technological limitations, the solar cells can only extract about 14% of the energy that reaches the Earth. The electricity generated by the array is directed to and stored in rechargeable batteries. The electricity can also bypass this step and be diverted straight to a motor or any electrical device. The energy stored in the batteries is used to drive any electrical piece of equipment or an AC motor. The use of solar energy to power electrical equipment is an effective way to reduce the depletion of natural resources and conserve energy.
Carpenter, Patrick D., "A structural analysis of the operation of an electric AC motor using a DC lead-acid battery powered by photovoltaic cells" (2002). Electronic Dissertation and Theses. 44.