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Design and Construction of A Domestic Solar Power Bank in a Convective Environment

Emetere, Moses and Osunlola, O. I. and Adejumo, A. D. and Dauda, A. O. (2018) Design and Construction of A Domestic Solar Power Bank in a Convective Environment. The Open Fuels & Energy Science Journal, 11. pp. 16-28.

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Abstract

Objective: This research seeks to solve the problem of storing solar energy in small scale modules for domestic use. Method: The Solar Power Bank (SPB) was constructed with local materials based on their individual properties. The functionality of the SPB was tested in a convective environment. Davis automatic Weather Station (DWS) was used to get the weather parameters (like solar irradiance, solar energy and temperature) for each day the SPB was tested. The maximum solar irradiance for four days (during the experiment) were 220 W/m2, 208 W/m2, 450 W/m2 and 900 W/m2. The maximum solar energy was 0.33 J, 03 J, 0.64 J and 1.33 J. Result: The maximum voltage and power obtained from the Solar Power Bank (SPB) was 0.18V and 0.065W respectively. The design showed tremendous heat energy entrapment during solar irradiance peak as the temperature in the SPB was about three times the DWS. Conclusion: It was specifically noted that the convection of the heat transfer that is triggered by the glass shield determines the functionality of the thermo-electric module. This is a clear indication that though the power output may be low to charge the batteries, the prospects of the SPB to operate in convective-rural communities (in tropic region) is very high

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Solar, Energy, Design, Solar storage, Thermo-electric module, Low cost, Construction, Nuclear power
Subjects: Q Science > QC Physics
T Technology > TJ Mechanical engineering and machinery
Divisions: Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Engineering Sciences
Faculty of Engineering, Science and Mathematics > School of Physics
Depositing User: Mrs Patricia Nwokealisi
Date Deposited: 27 Apr 2018 13:02
Last Modified: 27 Apr 2018 13:02
URI: http://eprints.covenantuniversity.edu.ng/id/eprint/10709

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