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Org.chem solar pv_lecture


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Prepared for Org. Chem 2 w/Holly Sebahar by: Tom Melburn

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Org.chem solar pv_lecture

  1. 1. Intro to Solar Photovoltaics<br />Sunlight converted to usable electricity<br />Utah has an abundance of solar radiation that we can begin harnessing immediately.<br />*National Renewable Energy Laboratory <br />
  2. 2. Chemical Engineering<br />Of Solar Cells <br />Altering the structure and <br />deposition of the active layer<br />Creating an artificial electrical field that is favorable for charge transport, which would increase cell efficiency<br />Increases chances of offering PV as a reliable and cheap form of energy<br />
  3. 3. Types of Solar Cells<br />Silicon-Highest efficiency for conversion to DC output= ~27%. Silicon is becoming extremely harder to find, making prices for silicon based PV very expensive<br />Thin film PV-lower conversion efficiency than silicon (~17%), but is still too expensive for marketplace<br />Organic PV (OPV)-most exciting area of PV<br />Recent conversions of ~10% efficiency, but is much easier to manufacture and costs are much cheaper compared to other PV’s. <br />
  4. 4. If research continues at this rate, OPV’s will be extremely competitive with silicon PV,<br />And OPV’s may be the next big clean energy market-(my speculation only)<br />
  5. 5. Solar Ivy by: SMIT<br />Project Coordinator: Tom Melburn<br />
  6. 6. Solar Ivy was just one of many projects approved for funding last semeseter<br />Each student pays $2.50 every semester that goes towards the fund which allocates $100,000 to student led projects<br />Offered through the <br />Office of Sustainability <br />
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  8. 8. Installing Solar Ivy<br />
  9. 9. Enphase Micro Inverters<br />
  10. 10. Solar Radiation (Union & OSH)<br />
  11. 11. Student Union Poll<br />1<br />Out of these next three schematic designs, which one is your favorite?<br />2<br />3<br />
  12. 12. 4.<br />OSH Poll<br />5.<br />Which schematic design is your favorite out of these three drawings?<br />6.<br />