Title

Optimizing Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Energy

School Name

Center for Advanced Technical Studies

Grade Level

12th Grade

Presentation Topic

Consumer Science

Presentation Type

Non-Mentored

Abstract

The project, Optimizing Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Energy, is attempting to compare and contrast the three main solar panels on the market today: monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and thin film (amorphous) panels. Fossil Fuels will not last forever and if people want to continue using electricity and energy, when that happens, there has to be another source to use in place of fossil fuels. Not to mention solar energy lessens the amount spent on the electric bill for homeowners. Homeowners should also be able to get the most electricity for their homes with the least amount of money spent. Home Depot did a similar project but Home Depot's project never went as in depth and never specified under what conditions the panels have been tested under. In this project, the three panels will be tested in different weather and light conditions, roof pitches, roof colors, and lift heights. The panels will be compared against each other and the data analyzed to see which panel performed the best in each situation. All other research that was done on this project shows that monocrystalline panels performed the best while thin-film had the least amount of difference in the lower light conditions. An ANOVA test will be used to determine if there is a difference in any differentiating conditions that the panels went through. If the ANOVA test proves the hypothesis, the project shows that different conditions do, in fact, affect the output of the panels.

Location

BS 202

Start Date

3-25-2023 10:00 AM

Presentation Format

Oral and Written

Group Project

No

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Mar 25th, 10:00 AM

Optimizing Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Energy

BS 202

The project, Optimizing Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic Energy, is attempting to compare and contrast the three main solar panels on the market today: monocrystalline, polycrystalline, and thin film (amorphous) panels. Fossil Fuels will not last forever and if people want to continue using electricity and energy, when that happens, there has to be another source to use in place of fossil fuels. Not to mention solar energy lessens the amount spent on the electric bill for homeowners. Homeowners should also be able to get the most electricity for their homes with the least amount of money spent. Home Depot did a similar project but Home Depot's project never went as in depth and never specified under what conditions the panels have been tested under. In this project, the three panels will be tested in different weather and light conditions, roof pitches, roof colors, and lift heights. The panels will be compared against each other and the data analyzed to see which panel performed the best in each situation. All other research that was done on this project shows that monocrystalline panels performed the best while thin-film had the least amount of difference in the lower light conditions. An ANOVA test will be used to determine if there is a difference in any differentiating conditions that the panels went through. If the ANOVA test proves the hypothesis, the project shows that different conditions do, in fact, affect the output of the panels.