ABC-PV: Agri, Building, Car Integrated Solar Photovoltaics
Renewable energy plays an important role in reducing global warming, water/air pollution, and land degradation, etc. We have created a mini-solar farm (with cloud integration and an automated data-acquisition system) that can serve as a test-bed for many Dual-use Photovoltaics (e.g. Agro-Photovoltaics, Car-Integrated PV, Building-integrated PV, Wind-turbine integrated PV, and so on). Eventually, the mini-farm design should be downloadable (including software and key design components), so that students interested in renewable energy technology anywhere in the world can use it as a free educational resource and upload location-specific data source for the benefit of everyone.
- Computer vision and 3D CAD modeling
- Micro-controller based hardware design and experiments,
- Plant genetics and statistical design of experiments
Basic background with any of the topics will be helpful: Computer coding, micro-controller programming, electronic design, plant genetics, or statistical data analysis, machine learning, etc. One can apply even without specific backgroud, so that one can learn while doing the project.