Solar Panel Characterization

We characterized an off-the-shelf solar panel by custum fitting it with hinges to allow adjustable tilt, then mounting it on a lazy susan to allow for different orientations, as shown in image below.

Solar Panel Fixture.




The specifications of the solar panel are shown in image below.



DMM with resistance box for performing a load sweep.
Data obtained using the test fixture:
  • Load Sweep Data -- Data obtained by sweeping the load (resistor box).
  • Time Data -- Solar Panel data at specific time intervals over 7 days.




  • Solar Panel Setup





    Solar Panel Setup (alternate view)