Posts tagged ‘Renewable energy’

Project Updates 2: Solar Panel Developments

from Bilkent University | Ankara, Turkey

by Chee Yong Tan

In our last update, we told you that to examine the effectiveness of using solar panels at Bilkent University campus, we constructed a solar panel demonstrator. However, the first place which we constructed the panel was not convenient for data storage, because there was not any place for the computers and other equipments. In order to collect and store the data gotten from the solar power demonstrator, some place which could be appropriate for data transfer to computers should be chosen. Therefore, the construction of the solar panel demonstrator was revised according to solve this issue. It was decided that constructing the solar panel near the EE (Electronics Engineering) Building. The cables were connected between the solar panel demonstrator to the multimeter at the laboratory. The window of the building was used for passing the cables into the laboratory.

Figure-1: The Installation of the Solar Panel near the EE building

Then the cables from the solar power demonstrator were connected to the multimeter UT60E. This multimeter has a property which can transfer the data from the multimeter to the computer. After we learned that this multimeter has such a property, we revised our components and changed our multimeter and started to use UT60E. In brief, the place of the construction was revised and the components which provide data transfer was revised.

Before the storage mechanism worked properly, each day we went to laboratory and took the voltage and current data of the solar panel demonstrator.

After that, we developed the data storage procedure. The data is started to stored with the help of the multimeter UT60E. We are using two UT60E, one is for the voltage storage, the other is for the current storage.

In order to record data on computer, we connected multimeter UT60E to computer through RS232, and make adjustments of port according to UT60E datasheet. Interface saves data in an excel format as an excel file. These files have the voltage and current data for every 1 hour. Putting all data for each hour in this report can be a little confusing. Therefore, we think that making graphs for the data at 12 pm and 3 pm is much clear.

In brief, we worked on our solar panel demonstrator up to this point. We changed the place of the solar panel because we needed storing the data gotten from the solar panel demonstrator to computers. We use the multimeters UT60E, which has the property that can transfer the data from the multimeter to the computer. By this way, we have the storage of voltage and current values for each hour.


July 8, 2010 at 1:32 am 1 comment

Project Updates: Yale’s Progress

from Yale University | Connecticut, USA

by Matt Ramlow

Yale has completed the first phase of its dual project with MIT by compiling a list of 88 different environmental initiatives throughout the different departments at Yale. We then began to sort the projects into our major 3 sub-categories; built environment, behavioral, and communications projects. Yale has also drafted a preliminary survey to interview each of the projects and gather information regarding the development, funding, work hours, participation, goals, transparency, savings/reductions, and level of success of each project. Our next step is to continue to collaborate with MIT to create a final draft of the survey that can be administered across both campuses. We hope to have this completed in early April so we can conduct our interviews before the end of the spring semester (mid May) and start to gather the data from the different projects.

To view the Project Database and Preliminary Survey Questions, click on the following link.

April 2, 2010 at 9:36 pm 1 comment

Project Highlights: Brown is Green

from Brown University | Rhode Island, USA

The team’s objectives are to effectively engage and support students in their efforts to mitigate the greenhouse emissions of Brown University. In January, 2008, Brown President, Ruth J. Simmons, pledged to reduce the University’s greenhouse gas emissions by 42 percent below 2007 levels by the year 2020. To this end, the administration has committed 20 million dollars; with a substantial fraction available to funding various emissions reduction projects proposed by Brown students and faculty. We are working to establish a formal funding and oversight structure for on-campus, student- and faculty-led energy and environmental initiatives. To measure the effectiveness of this initiative, the team plans to pay attention to whether they are able to form a body with representatives from the administration, faculty, student body and staff to evaluate and monitor environmental projects on campus. They are also interested funding more green initiatives and quantifying the energy savings and/or greenhouse gas emission reductions of the funded initiatives.

February 11, 2010 at 9:14 am Leave a comment

Project Highlights: Combating Climate Change

from Bilkent University | Ankara, Turkey

The team plans to use Bilkent University Campus as a sample university to research and develop a plan for green university solutions, specifically focusing on solar energy, green transportation and insulation of buildings. With plans of conducting supplier research, demonstrations on solar energy, calculating energy optimization and considering feasibility, acceptability and economic effects—the team hopes to find alternative energy sources and energy saving methods in

specific areas to recommend to the institution. Another measurable result that the team plans to deliver is a report on the effectiveness of their solar panel prototype, detailing the cash flow and amount of electricity produced.


February 4, 2010 at 8:43 am Leave a comment

Project Highlights: A Cross-University Integrated Study

from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Yale University | Massachusetts and Connecticut, USA

This team plans to study over 50 programs at MIT and 88 at Yale. The study will look at different factors involved that affect the success of various programs. Analysis will be completed to look at the relative success of different programs and identify which factors are sufficient and/or necessary for program success. Such analysis will guide future decisions for institutional support of energy and sustainability programs. The project will also yield an inventory of campus programs in energy and sustainability and a host of information on each project including how the programs are linked to the organizational make-up of the institution at the administrative, departmental and student level. The major deliverable of this project will be the final report which should be complete by March of 2010.

January 28, 2010 at 9:18 am Leave a comment

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