Ecosense installs Solar PV Training and Research System at Roorkee Institute of Technology, Roorkee

Established in 2005, to impart qualitative futuristic education, instilling high values and fostering growth Roorkee Institute of Technology is one of the leading private engineering colleges in Uttarakhand.

In the beginning of new year 2022, Ecosense installs Solar PV Training and Research System at RIT, Roorkee and conducted a 3-day hands-on workshop on “Solar PV Standalone System Technology”.

Solar PV Training and Research System

Ecosense’s Solar PV Training and research system enables user to learn about Solar PV standalone technology. Using this system, a user gains knowledge in three fields of Solar PV Standalone system:

1) Physics of Solar PV Panels — I-V and P-V characteristics, series and parallel connection of solar panels effect of irradiation, effect of temperature, effect of shadow, effect of tilting of panels, effect of geographical location etc.

2) Components and Assembly of standalone system — use of blocking diode, use of bypass diode, use of solar charge controller, use of solar inverter, difference between MPPT and PWM charge controllers, AC load, DC load, battery charging/ discharging characteristics, assembly of several components and power flow calculations in each branch.

3) Research in PV systems — Ecosense separately provides a research unit along with standalone experimental system. User can initiate research in the area of maximum power point tracking using this unit. It has provision of providing automatic as well as manual gate signals to charge controller. User can use his/ her own MPPT algorithm with any of the controller to provide manual gate signals.

Masters Training Conducted
Masters Training Conducted

Technical Advantages of Solar PV Training and Research System:

• An active measurement panel to measure different voltages, currents and temperature
• User can vary Irradiation to simulate sunlight conditions during the day which further affects the temperature of Solar Panel to study I-V and P-V characteristics under varying irradiation and temperature.
• Series and Parallel Combination of Solar Panels possible.
• Arrangement to tilt solar panels to study the effect of Tilt angle on PV module Power.
• Shading blades are provided to study the effect of shading on Solar PV.
• No connections are made internally to encourage user to learn connecting different components together in order to install a standalone Solar PV standalone power plant.
• Workout power flow calculations of Standalone PV power plant using charge controller, inverter, AC /Dc load and Battery.
• Option to provide external gate signals to charge controller via Function generator to study effect of change in Duty Cycle of charge controller on PV Power.
• User can externally feed MPPT signal to study effect of MPPT algorithm on PV Power.
• User can use his/her own MPPT algorithm to study the effect of MPPT algorithm on PV Power
• User can plot Real time PV, IV, V vs time, P vs Time, I vs Time curves using proprietary PC Software.
• Perturb and Observe MPPT Algorithm
• IP 65 protected PV Panels
• Equipped with Handheld Solar Insolation measuring instrument
• Equipped with an angle measurement instrument
• Data can be saved in csv format
• Graphs can be saved in image format

Three-day hands-on workshop conducted on “Solar PV Standalone System Technology”

On behest of the institute a 3-day hands on workshop conducted on “Solar PV Standalone System Technology” with the agenda to provide practical education to the students in Solar PV standalone technology. The workshop was conducted focusing on practical education and career-oriented skills. It covered the following topics:

• Why Renewable Energy?
• Career in Renewable Energy
• Basics of Solar Energy
• Solar Photovoltaics- basics and system design
• Sizing of Solar PV Standalone System
• Solar Standalone system design using PV system
• How to break into Renewable Energy Jobs in India?

Masters Training Conducted
Masters Training Conducted

Program Outcomes

38 students joyfully participated in the workshop. The faculty members and students really enjoyed our three-day training and loved to work on our lab equipment.

Masters Training Conducted
Masters Training Conducted

The way-forward

The faculty members and students will conduct experiments on the system to understand the technology more deeply and incorporate this lab as part of their regular curriculum. They will further train thousands in this technology and generate a quality workforce of the future.

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