One of the biggest challenges in developing a laboratory is obtaining sufficient funding to purchase all of the desired components, tools, and equipment for meaningful demonstrations, laboratory experiments, data collection, and hands-on learning experiences. As an alternative to a more complete facility, the table below is an example of an excellent starter laboratory that includes a complete 2040 Watt PV system and the instrumentation necessary to conduct a variety of meaningful exercises and collect useful data on component and system performance. The total cost is less than $10,000.

 

PV EQUIPMENT

            Item Vendor Cost
PV Powered    PVP2000SD-240  SunWize

$1,500

AC kWh meter Hialeah Meter

$50

AC meter can Home Depot

$30

AC disconnect 30 amp Home Depot

$30

AC breakers (x2) 15 amp, SP Home Depot

$30

DC disconnect HU361 30 amp  Affordable Solar

 $175

DC combiner box Outback Power Systems

$150

DC fuses (x2) KLKD-15 Outback Power Systems

$25

DC 30 amp fuse holder(x2), DIN Outback Power Systems

$40

Mock roof 4’x8’ Carpenter Built

$700

Mounting system for PV Affordable Solar

$600

Helios PV Modules 255W (8) Solar Panel Store

$2,675 ($1.31/watt)

Equipment Subtotal

     $6,005

INSTRUMENTATION

Item

Vendor

Cost

Solmetric-pva-600-analyzer Various

$3,075

AEMC DC current clamp Newark Electronics

$200

Fluke (x2) 115 VOM Meter Newark Electronics

$300

Daystar solar meter Daystar Inc.

$150

Fluke IR temp gun Newark Electronics

 $100

            Instrumentation Subtotal

$3,825

            GRAND TOTAL: Equipment + Instrumentation

$9,830

 

 

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