Experimental Investigation for photo-voltaic power generation using the concept of solar tree
AD Gupta, Avinash Mishra, RK Mehta, Yashi Gupta, SK Pandey
Solar energy is abundant in quantity and free of cost. Solar PV technology converts incoming radiation from Sun directly into electricity, which makes it one of the most promising renewable technologies available for sustainable development. However, it consumes a large amount of land, which can be used for other human activities. Solar PV tree is a novel technique used for Sunlight capture. It consists of PV panels fixed as leaves on a tree-like structure, and it reduces the land footprint of the PV system. In this study, the daily energy output of a 36 Watt solar system is maximized. For that, the flexible tree structure is designed. Energy output is maximized by varying the branch angle of the tree structure. Also, comparison of energy output for the standard layout and solar tree of 18 watt is done. The study showed that Solar Tree is a good alternative for the solar power generation instead of conventional layout of photovoltaic generation. Using Solar Tree we can reduce the land footprint area of solar power generation which can save land for other applications. The daily energy output from the Solar Tree can be increased as compared to the standard PV layout. Configuration I, defined in the study is found as optimum at which the energy output increased up to 59.11%.