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Using Real-Time Data to Relate Solar Energy Production to the Sun’s Location

The sun is an infinite source of clean energy, but it can be difficult to capture all of its energy because it moves across the sky, meaning that a position that may optimize energy production in the morning may not be very efficient in the evening. As such, solar arrays are designed to maximize output throughout the day and year. In this activity, students will use real-time data to learn how solar panel placement affects its energy production and use that knowledge to design their own arrays for a given location and season

Published: May 18, 2017
Last Modified: Apr 30, 2019
Length: 11 pages
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Contributors

 Eric  Romich

Eric Romich

Faculty of Energy Development, OSU College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES)

Ms.  Lyndsey Michelle Manzo

Ms. Lyndsey Michelle Manzo

Education Specialist, Stone Laboratory

 Angela Kay Greene

Angela Kay Greene

Education Specialist, Stone Laboratory

Susan Marie Bixler

Education and Outreach Assistant, Stone Laboratory

Mrs.  Erin  Monaco

Mrs. Erin Monaco

Program Administrator, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

Kristen DeVanna Fussell

Kristen DeVanna Fussell , PhD

Assistant Director of Administration and Research, Ohio Sea Grant College Program

Description

The sun is an infinite source of clean energy, but it can be difficult to capture all of its energy because it moves across the sky, meaning that a position that may optimize energy production in the morning may not be very efficient in the evening. As such, solar arrays are designed to maximize output throughout the day and year. In this activity, students will use real-time data to learn how solar panel placement affects its energy production and use that knowledge to design their own arrays for a given location and season.