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Solar Panel contd.

March 26th, 2012 14 comments

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Installation of additional 130Wp is in place now to make the power plant worth 300Wp.  The new panel added has a spec of 17Vmp against the 16.4Vpm of the 170Wp panel group.  So eventually I may be losing some power.  I am using 10sqmm copper cable to reduce the transmission losses.  I had measured the impedance of the cable to 1mΩ. So at 20A, I will be losing about 0.4W only.  But the cost of this wire is around 70Rs/m.  I am able to produce about 221W during the mid day, and about 170W around 10AM.  Upon little bit of investigation, it is found that the solar panels shell out less power at increased temperature.  It is also said that at 60-70°C, the efficiency is around 70%, which is matching with my measurements.  So, thinking about a water cooling solution; basically augmenting a solar water heating solution with the solar panel to establish double benefits.  Every day with the solar panels is a day of new learning and I am enjoying it. 🙂
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The Cozy Dog

March 26th, 2012 No comments

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