Arequipanexus researchers William Hutzel, Travis Horton, & Mark Zimpfer presented a paper at the virtual Peruvian Symposium on Solar Energy

November 19, 2020

Arequipanexus researchers William Hutzel, Travis Horton, & Mark Zimpfer presented a paper on solar thermal collector laboratories this week at the virtual Peruvian Symposium on Solar Energy, held by the Peruvian Association of Solar Energy and the Environment & UNSA.  

The paper “Remotely Accessible Laboratory for Teaching and Research on Solar Thermal Collectors” discusses the test platform recently constructed at Purdue for evaluating the performance of solar thermal collectors. The main goal of this technology is to use as a teaching tool for undergraduate students to help them understand the applications of thermodynamics and renewable energy. This tool can also be used for comparative evaluations of solar thermal collector designs according to an established test standard. The entire system is monitored and controlled by a web-based building automation system that automatically tracks and capture both weather data and the performance of individual solar collectors. The authors found that the online data generated is particularly helpful for undergraduate education because large numbers of students, including international partners, can access real-time data to learn about solar energy applications. 

Link to the paper: http://xxviispesarequipa.perusolar.org/ 

Drs. William Hutzel, Travis Horton and Mark Zimpfer, along with their UNSA partners Jose Luis Galdos Gomez and Josue Llanque Chana, are part of the Nexus project: Net Zero. The project goal was to design a prototype for a net zero energy research building that is comfortable, cost effective, and functional. 

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