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The development of a photovoltaic remotely operated laboratory experiment: a contribution to meeting the challenge of the renewable energy skills shortage

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posted on 15.06.2015 by Richard Blanchard, Sheryl Williams, Martin Bliss, Michael S. Clowes, A. Mohammed, Ramesh Pancholi
Skills shortages are often quoted as a threat to renewables growth. The increasing deployment of photovoltaic (PV) systems around the world requires large numbers of trained engineers with a greater understanding of all aspects of PV technology both theoretical and practical. The development of experimental rigs at universities and training establishments is expensive and limited to students physically being present for time constrained activities. One recent approach to increase access to laboratories is the development of remote experiments. Here students can control real experimental equipment using a graphical user interface via the Internet. In this paper we explore the development of a PV laboratory that characterises PV panels under different environmental conditions. It enables users to access and remotely control experimental equipment based at Loughborough University, UK, from anywhere in the world via an Internet connection. We report on student experiences using the laboratory from distance.

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  • Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering

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World Renewable Energy Congress XIII

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BLANCHARD, R.E. ... et al, 2014. The development of a photovoltaic remotely operated laboratory experiment: a contribution to meeting the challenge of the renewable energy skills shortage. World Renewable Energy Congress XIII, University of Kingston, London, 3rd-8th August 2014, 7pp.

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2014

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University of Kingston, London

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