Discovery Park Undergraduate Research Internship Program

"Utility Scale Solar Photovoltaics"

About the Project

Project Time & Type:
Spring 2016 - DURI
Research area(s):
Renewable Energy
Project Description:
Research is being conducted to determine the technical and financial viability of a utility-scale solar photovoltaic system at Purdue. This is part of a Department of Energy funded project with an overall goal of encouraging solar energy installations.
Expected Student Contributions:
Site assessments are needed to identify suitable locations for a photovoltaic array. Roughly 2 acres are needed for every MW of power output. Other factors for site selection include access to electrical interconnects, power purchase agreements with an electric utility, and financial strategies to take advantage of the newly extended federal invest tax credit for renewables.
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Desired Qualifications:
MET with GPA > 3
Estimated Weekly Hours:
Department awards independent research credits for this project?
Yes, 1 credit hours

Professor in Charge

Hutzel, William
school of engineering technology

Student Supervisor

Will Arnett
graduate assistant

Cooperating Faculty

Matthew Lynall