Abstract Title

Optimization of Solar Panels through Form Finding

Abstract

Use of solar panels is rapidly increasing throughout the world as programs are in place to advocate for this technology. Unfortunately, due to solar patterns, many locations are impractical leading designers to ask how could design be adapted for use in areas they are currently considered ineffective? A study of sun orientations across the cities of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Orlando, Florida; Anaheim California; and Vancouver, Canada provides reference points indicating angles of optimum sun hours among each location. Digital 3D models are developed based on each city’s datum, creating numerous forms in response. Models are then tested through digital software to understand the effect of each form with respect to their proper cities as well as improper cities. Further iterations are created and tested based on previous results. Optimized solar panel designs are then 3D printed in scaled versions to investigate the systematic assembly and interaction. Each city generates a specific form that is unique to its location. This study intends to broaden the field of solar panel design and strives to create prototypes that react to specific locations and climates.

Key Words: Altitude, Azimuth, Orientation, Solstice

Modified Abstract

Use of solar panels is rapidly increasing throughout the world as programs are in place to advocate for this technology. Due to solar patterns, how could design be adapted for use in areas they are currently considered ineffective? A study of sun orientations across the cities of Pittsburgh, Orlando, Anaheim, and Vancouver provide reference points indicating angles of optimum sun hours among each location. Digital 3D models are developed based on collected data; then tested through software to understand the effect of each design. Further iterations are created and tested. Optimized solar panel designs are then 3D printed to investigate the systematic assembly. This study intends to broaden the field of solar panel design and strives to create prototypes that react to specific locations and climates.

Research Category

Architecture

Author Information

Sebastian RagnoFollow

Primary Author's Major

Architecture

Mentor #1 Information

Dr. Rui Liu

Presentation Format

Poster

Start Date

5-4-2018 1:00 PM

Research Area

Architectural Technology | Architecture | Energy Systems | Environmental Design | Environmental Engineering

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Optimization of Solar Panels through Form Finding

Use of solar panels is rapidly increasing throughout the world as programs are in place to advocate for this technology. Unfortunately, due to solar patterns, many locations are impractical leading designers to ask how could design be adapted for use in areas they are currently considered ineffective? A study of sun orientations across the cities of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Orlando, Florida; Anaheim California; and Vancouver, Canada provides reference points indicating angles of optimum sun hours among each location. Digital 3D models are developed based on each city’s datum, creating numerous forms in response. Models are then tested through digital software to understand the effect of each form with respect to their proper cities as well as improper cities. Further iterations are created and tested based on previous results. Optimized solar panel designs are then 3D printed in scaled versions to investigate the systematic assembly and interaction. Each city generates a specific form that is unique to its location. This study intends to broaden the field of solar panel design and strives to create prototypes that react to specific locations and climates.

Key Words: Altitude, Azimuth, Orientation, Solstice