Remote monitoring of outdoor performance of low scale dye sensitized solar cells for nanosensors nodes

Malaver Rojas, Alexander, Motta, Nunzio, & Corke, Peter (2011) Remote monitoring of outdoor performance of low scale dye sensitized solar cells for nanosensors nodes. In Saji, Baby & Parvinder, Sandhu (Eds.) Proceedings of International Conference on Remote Sensing and Data ICRSD 2011, Thomson ISI Proceedings, Harbour Plaza Resort City, Hong Kong.


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This is the first outdoor test of small-scale dye sensitized solar cells (DSC) powering a standalone nanosensor node. A solar cell test station (SCTS) has been developed using standard DSC to power a gas nanosensor, a radio transmitter, and the control electronics (CE) for battery charging. The station is remotely monitored through wired (Ethernet cable) or wireless connection (radio transmitter) in order to evaluate in real time the performance of the solar cells powering a nanosensor and a transmitter under different weather conditions. We analyze trends of energy conversion efficiency after 60 days of operation. The 408 cm2 active surface module produces enough energy to power a gas nanosensor and a radio transmitter during the day and part of the night. Also, by using a variable programmable load we keep the system working on the maximum power point (MPP) quantifying the total energy generated and stored in a battery. Although this technology is at an early stage of development, these experiments provide useful data for future outdoor applications such as nanosensor network nodes.

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ID Code: 41913
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: No
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Keywords: dye sensitized solar cells, nanosensor node, solar cell test station, gas nanosensor
ISSN: 2010-0264
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > INFORMATION AND COMPUTING SCIENCES (080000) > DATA FORMAT (080400)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Institutes > Institute for Sustainable Resources
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
Current > Research Centres > Science Research Centre
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 The Authors
Deposited On: 06 Jun 2011 22:15
Last Modified: 13 Jul 2011 11:04

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