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

Malaver Rojas, Jairo Alexander, Matteocci, Fabio, Di Carlo, Aldo, Corke, Peter, & Motta, Nunzio (2011) Remote monitoring of outdoor performance of low scale dye sensitized solar cells for nanosensors nodes. In Baby, Saji & Dan, Yang (Eds.) International Proceedings of Chemical, Biological & Environmental Engineering, IACSIT PRESS, Harbour Plaza Resort City, Hong Kong, pp. 218-222.

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Abstract

This is the first outdoor test of small-scale dye sensitized solar cells (DSC) powering a stand-alone 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 and devices under different weather conditions. 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 programmable load we keep the system working on the maximum power point (MPP) quantifying the total energy generated and stored in a battery. These experiments provide useful data for future outdoor applications such as nanosensor networks.

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ID Code: 42596
Item Type: Conference Paper
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Keywords: dye sensitized solar cells, nanosensor node, solar cell test station, gas nanosensor
ISBN: 9789810890803
ISSN: 2010-4618
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > CHEMICAL SCIENCE (030000) > OTHER CHEMICAL SCIENCES (039900) > Environmental Chemistry (incl. Atmospheric Chemistry) (039901)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > TECHNOLOGY (100000) > NANOTECHNOLOGY (100700)
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 IACSIT Press, Singapore
Copyright Statement: All right reserved. No part of the contents of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means without the written permission of the publisher.
Deposited On: 13 Jul 2011 09:08
Last Modified: 18 Aug 2011 23:55

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