Solar energy has become a promising alternative to conventional fossil fuel sources. Solar panels are used to collect solar radiation and convert it into electricity. One of the techniques used to maximize the effectiveness of this energy alternative is to maximize the power output of the solar collector. In this project the maximum power is calculated by determining the voltage and the current of maximum power. These quantities are determined by finding the maximum value for the equation for power using differentiation. After the maximum values are found for each time of day, each individual quantity, voltage of maximum power, current of maximum power, and maximum power is plotted as a function of the time of day.
This article was previously called Article 22.
"Maximum Power from a Solar Panel,"
Undergraduate Journal of Mathematical Modeling: One + Two:
1, Article 10.
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5038/2326-3618.104.22.168 Available at: http://scholarcommons.usf.edu/ujmm/vol3/iss1/22
Gerald Hefley, Mathematics and Statistics
Scott Campbell, Chemical & Biomedical Engineering