A small (12V Nominal) solar panel with nominal 10W output is connected to a battery charge control system. The charge controller can be connected to the supplied deep cycle lead gel acid battery.
The solar panel is supplied with a 400W solar simulator that allows the panel to be irradiated and generate power within the laboratory. This allows students to investigate the relative magnitude of incoming solar radiation, relative to power generated.
Optional instrumentation and accessories (which can alternatively be locally sourced) are available to investigate the detailed performance of solar components and to investigate the use of DC power for practical applications.
The solar panel connects to a digital combined charge controller that allows the output power from both the solar panel and an optional wind generator to be investigated.