At the end of the Fall Semester, Spencer Egan spoke to two engineering classes at Hebron Academy in Maine. These classes have been learning about how solar panels work with different semiconductors and dopants, and how to optimize solar cell design. The presentations covered how to optimize arrays at a much higher level, starting with determining energy needs of consumers to equipment selection that provides the best trade-off between cost and production.
Other topics covered were net metering, max power point trackers, bifacial modules, and single-axis trackers. Students asked engaging follow-up questions including why Spencer got into solar, to the potential for batteries in virtual power plants to be cost-effective in the future.
The students seem to naturally understand these concepts and new technologies – the future is bright!