Ongoing Senior Design Projects

I have two ongoing Senior Design Projects this semester and both  the topics are related to Renewable energy generation systems.The details of the two senior design projects are mentioned below

Details of First Senior Design


Concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) systems are one of the newest commercially available PV technologies, yielding the highest cell efficiencies. There are multiple ways to produce energy with solar power, but the most widely used are flat-plate photovoltaic systems. Other new forms of solar production are on the rise, such as the use of concentrated photovoltaic (CPV) systems in conjunction with multi-junction PV cells. Typically, the most expensive part of PV modules is the PV cells, made from mono- or poly-crystalline silicon. One of the benefits of CPV over a flat-plate PV system is that CPV uses less photovoltaic material and is therefore less expensive in terms of quantity of silicon required for PV module construction. In other words, CPV can reduce costs associated with PV material by concentrating the sunlight into very small cells that are made up of multiple layers of material. The layers associated with multi-junction cells allow the cells to absorb different wavelengths of light. This allows the CPV cells to have higher cell efficiencies than traditional mono- and poly-crystalline silicon PV cells.

The students will develop an initial design for the proposed CPV system and the analysis of the same will be performed in the System Advisor Model (SAM). The performance of the CPV model will be further optimized for its performance parameters. Finally the performance of the optimized model will be

compared to that of a conventional flat plate PV system to highlight the benefits.

The objective of the Senior Design is to design and analyse the performanace of a  CPV system at utility level and compare its performance with the conventional photovoltaic systems. The key performance parameters such as LCOE, Annual Energy 

generated and plant efficiency will be determined and the same will be compared to a conventional PV power plant.


Details of Second Senior Design

Performance Optimization of a Utility Scale 100MW Parabolic Trough Solar Power Plant for Middle East Region

Solar energy is by far the most world’s abundant, permanent and clean source with enormous potential. According to Vision 2030 plan, Saudi Arabia has announced its plans to generate 9.5GW of electricity from renewable sources by 2030 and the government aims to invest more than 109 billion USD in the solar energy sector. K.A.Care has set a target to generate 25GW from CSP systems and 16GW from that of PV systems. Presently, the capital cost of PV system (without storage) is far lesser than CSP system. However, both the systems provide intermittent power as the input solar resource is not constant during the day. CSP with thermal energy storage offers lower energy generation costs compared to PV with electrical energy storage to provide stable dispatchable power at large scale plant capacities. Hence the aim of this project is to optimize the performance and LCOE (Levelized cost of energy) of a Parabolic Trough collector (PTC) CSP System confirming to the climatic conditions of the Middle East Region.

  The students will develop an initial design  for the proposed utility scale PTC CSP system and the analysis of the same will be performed in the System Advisor Model (SAM). The performance of the PTC CSP system will be further optimized for its performance parameters as well as for the LCOE. The performance of the final optimized model will be compared to that of a conventional PV system in terms of solar to electric efficiency, LCOE, performance aspects and final recommendations will be arrived upon.

The objective of the Senior Design is to optimize the performance of a utility scale Parabolic Trough Collector CSP system by accurately inputting the costs associated with the PTC CSP system. The performance of the final optimized model will be compared to that of a conventional PV system in terms of solar to electric efficiency, LCOE, performance aspects and final recommendations will be arrived upon.




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Sunday: 10.00 am to 11.00 am

Tuesday: 9.00 am to 10.00 am

Wednesday: 9.00 am to 10.00 am

Contact

Address for Communication:

Dr.Praveen RP

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Electrical Engineering,

College of Engineering, Majmaah University

PO Box: 66, Majmaah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia


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(IP Phone): 2602

e mail me at : [email protected]

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