Modelling and Characterization of Solar Panel for Local Use as Laptop Computer Source in a Nigerian Academic Institution



Owing to low academic productivity in Nigerian public Universities resulting from irregular power supply, this study looked into the obtainable profile of a monocrystalline type of solar panel with the aim of evaluating its applicability as an alternative source of energy for a typical laptop computer common in Nigerian universities, using the Federal University of Technology as a case study. The methods used in carrying out this study includes: obtaining empirical measurement and conversion for the solar illumination and radiation in the premises of the Federal University of Technology, Akure; and modelling of a Photovoltaic (PV) module using Matlab SIMULINK. Using the obtained solar radiation data, sun simulation was carried out on the modelled module, and a profile for number of panels required for work period of the day was obtained. The result shows that for a work period of 9:00am to 4:00pm, (2 x 1m2) panels will be required, which has characteristic knee voltage and power of 15V and 60W respectively. Keywords: Laptop computers, Monocrystalline Solar Panel, Solar radiation, Simulation, Illumination

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