Automated Al Bi-Reflectors for PV Systems

This project examines and validates the effectiveness of aluminum (Al) Bi-reflectors in protecting the BI-PV and increasing its efficiency simultaneously. The proposed design includes two reflectors on both sides of the PV attached to hinges that are controlled by a stepper motor, with a control system containing a PIC18F4550 microcontroller which takes input from the light depending resistors (LDR) attached to the system on variable sectors of our system. This control mechanism will allow our reflectors to have a fully automatic motion to ensure maximum irradiation levels on the PV panel. Moreover, a scaled-down prototype of this system is fabricated to ensure the capability of this design and to attain data for further research to be done so that this product might be considered in the future for protection and efficiency increase of these systems.

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