We welcome a high-school intern, Sarah Shipp from the Waterford School. Sarah measures the variation of photocurrent of silicon solar cells that are mounted at 30° and 60° with respect to the ground. In addition, the cells are tested in direct sunlight and in the shade. The position of the sun depends on the location, the time of day and the month (see PV Education, NREL, and Solar Panel Tilt). We expect an optimum tilt of a solar panel in front of the Merrill Engineering Building. Alvaro Bonilla volunteers the experimental setup and the analysis.
(left) Al and Sarah, and the experimental setup
(bottom right) Sarah’s presentation