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Building a Solar Photovoltaic Array by Exploring Series and Parallel Circuits

Solar panels are typically placed deliberately to maximize energy output, but how exactly does the layout of an array, or, more accurately, the circuit, affect the energy output of solar cells? In this activity, Students will experiment with different cicuit types and layouts to determine the optimal design for greatest energy production

Published: May 19, 2017
Last Modified: Apr 30, 2019
Length: 17 pages
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Contributors

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

Susan Marie Bixler

Education and Outreach Assistant, Stone Laboratory

 Angela Kay Greene

Angela Kay Greene

Education Specialist, Stone Laboratory

Ms.  Lyndsey Michelle Manzo

Ms. Lyndsey Michelle Manzo

Education Specialist, Stone Laboratory

Eric Romich

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

Description

Solar panels are typically placed deliberately to maximize energy output, but how exactly does the layout of an array, or, more accurately, the circuit, affect the energy output of solar cells? In this activity, Students will experiment with different cicuit types and layouts to determine the optimal design for greatest energy production.