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A photovoltaic training facility on the Murdoch University engineering and energy building's north east roof

Kempin, Stuart (2012) A photovoltaic training facility on the Murdoch University engineering and energy building's north east roof. Other thesis, Murdoch University.

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Murdoch University’s School of Engineering and Energy is expanding its facilities to include a, total of 8.2kWp, Photovoltaic (PV) Training Facility. This facility has incorporated four types of PV modules and equipment, including mono-crystalline, poly-crystalline, amorphous, and copper indium gallium selenide thin film modules; isolated, high frequency isolated, and transformerless inverters; AC and DC test points; emergency stop button system and other safety devices; a battery bank, and power meters.
These facilities will provide a versatile educational resource for students to analyse the behaviours of a wide variety of PV technologies.

This project has examined the process of writing an Invitation To Offer (ITO), reviewing the ITO with recommendations for future engineering projects, and detailing changes in the design of the systems as the project developed.

A recommendation has been detailed in this project for the inclusion of a PV monitoring station, which should monitor environmental parameters at the PV site.

A manual and simulated performance ratio (PR) of all PV systems has been examined in this project. The manual estimate calculated a PR of 0.739 over the period of a year. For the simulated PR, PVSYST software was programmed and calculated a yearly PR of 0.745. This modelling indicates that the system performance would be comparable to similar systems in Perth.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Engineering and Energy
Supervisor(s): Calais, Martina, Pryor, Trevor and Glenister, Simon
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