Lab 7: The Photovoltaic Characterization

The purpose of this lab is to study the behavior of some types of solar cells and mini solar panels, using the NI ELVIS II platform. Students will raise the I-V characteristic of the solar cell, determine some solar cell parameters, and investigate the the behavior of the cells if they are bound in series or parallel.
by Dr. Petru A. COTFAS, Dr. Daniel T. COTFAS, Dr. Doru URSUTIU, and Dr. Cornel SAMOILA | Transilvania University of Brasov
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This is module 7 of 7 in the course set, NI ELVIS Computer-Based Instrumentation.

STUDENT MATERIALS

  • Downloadable lab manual
  • LabVIEW VI's needed for completing labs are included in download

SKILLS REQUIRED 

  • Basic understanding of LabVIEW and ELVIS II

LabVIEW

An integrated development environment designed specifically for engineers and scientists.

NI ELVIS

The NI Educational Laboratory Virtual Instrumentation Suite (NI ELVIS) is a versatile laboratory platform that enables educators to teach over 20 different courses across science and engineering departments. The NI ELVIS integrates 12 common lab instruments including an oscilloscope, function...

<p>Required Software  Download Academic Software, Learn About Software Licensing</p>
  • LabVIEW 2014 or Later (requires license)
  • NI ELVISmx 14.0 or Later - Download
<p>Required Hardware Purchase Engineering Education Products</p>
  • NI ELVIS II or II+ - View Specifications, View User Manual
  • 1 MOSFET transistor IRF2907z
  • 1 resistance of 5.6 kΩ
  • 1 resistance of 0.1 Ω
  • One solar cell, 0.5 V/400 mA, dimensions (L x W) 76 x 46 mm, operating temperature –20 to 800C
  • Two solar cells, 0.51 V/200 mA, dimensions (L x W) 50 x 23mm, operating temperature –20 to 800C
  • One halogen bulb, 35 W, 12 V
  • The power supply, 12 V, 4 A
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