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Appl. Sci. 2017, 7(10), 1077; doi:10.3390/app7101077

A Prototype Design and Development of the Smart Photovoltaic System Blind Considering the Photovoltaic Panel, Tracking System, and Monitoring System

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Department of Architecture & Architectural Engineering, Yonsei University, Seoul 03722, Korea
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Department of Building Services Engineering, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Kowloon, Hong Kong, China
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Division of Construction Engineering and Management, Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN 47907, USA
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Received: 31 July 2017 / Revised: 10 October 2017 / Accepted: 13 October 2017 / Published: 18 October 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Computational Intelligence in Photovoltaic Systems)
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This study aims to design and develop the prototype models of the smart photovoltaic system blind (SPSB). To achieve this objective, the study defined the properties in three ways: (i) the photovoltaic (PV) panel; (ii) the tracking system; and (iii) the monitoring system. First, the amorphous silicon PV panel was determined as a PV panel, and the width and length of the PV panel were determined to be 50 mm and 250 mm, respectively. Second, the four tracker types (i.e., fixed type, vertical single-axis tracker, horizontal single-axis tracker, and azimuth-altitude dual-axis tracker) was applied, as well as the direct tracking method based on the amount of electricity generated as a tracking system. Third, the electricity generation and environmental conditions were chosen as factors to be monitored in order to evaluate and manage the technical performance of SPSB as a monitoring system. The prototype model of the SPSB is designed and developed for providing the electricity generated from its PV panel, as well as for reducing the indoor cooling demands through the blind’s function, itself (i.e., blocking out sunlight). View Full-Text
Keywords: smart photovoltaic system blind; prototype model; photovoltaic panel; tracking system; monitoring system smart photovoltaic system blind; prototype model; photovoltaic panel; tracking system; monitoring system
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Jeong, K.; Hong, T.; Koo, C.; Oh, J.; Lee, M.; Kim, J. A Prototype Design and Development of the Smart Photovoltaic System Blind Considering the Photovoltaic Panel, Tracking System, and Monitoring System. Appl. Sci. 2017, 7, 1077.

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