Presentation Title: How Well Does the Middlebury College Solar Farm Track the Sun?
Section: Changing Environments IV
Location: McCardell Bicentennial Hall, 220
Date & Time: Friday, April 19, 2013 - 3:30pm - 3:45pm
Middlebury College has recently constructed a solar farm consisting of 34 Sun tracking solar panel arrays producing up to 136 kW of electric power, approximately offsetting the energy consumed by Battell Hall. Solar tracking allows a solar panel to yield up to 45% more energy. The Middlebury College solar trackers use their geographic location to calculate the Sun’s apparent trajectory through the sky. While this approach is effective, there are other Sun tracking approaches. I have designed and built a light sensor based tracker to compare the effectiveness of the two tracking methods.
Type of Presentation: Individual oral
Presentation Area: Physics
Number of presenters:
Presenter(s): Gerschel, Misha Andre
Class Year(s): 2013
Sponsor(s): Wolfson, Rich
Dept(s): Physics Department