Research Publication Title

Performance of Batteries With and Without Solar Charge

Presenter Information

Catherine BoydFollow

Major

Physics

Faculty Mentor

Dr. Hasitha Mahabaduge

Keywords

efficiency, Solar Power charging, battery performance

Abstract

Batteries perform at a lesser efficiency when charged with traditional AC power outlets found in the common household and business compared to Solar Power producing cells found in renewable energy apparatuses. Solar Power charging allows batteries to constantly be replenished as they are used; traditional AC power outlets completely deplete a battery before it is charged again. Two batteries of the same make were charged until the maximum quantity was reached. After fully charging, a voltmeter connects to the terminals of the battery to read the voltage as discharge is performed. Battery discharge is performed by powering a golf cart. One battery is connected to solar panels while the device runs; the battery is constantly being replenished as it is depleted. The other battery is not connected to a power source as it powers the cart. The registered current at a predetermined voltage is recorded for comparison. Each battery is charged and discharged several times over the course of a selected time period. Data is recorded for comparison.

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Performance of Batteries With and Without Solar Charge

Batteries perform at a lesser efficiency when charged with traditional AC power outlets found in the common household and business compared to Solar Power producing cells found in renewable energy apparatuses. Solar Power charging allows batteries to constantly be replenished as they are used; traditional AC power outlets completely deplete a battery before it is charged again. Two batteries of the same make were charged until the maximum quantity was reached. After fully charging, a voltmeter connects to the terminals of the battery to read the voltage as discharge is performed. Battery discharge is performed by powering a golf cart. One battery is connected to solar panels while the device runs; the battery is constantly being replenished as it is depleted. The other battery is not connected to a power source as it powers the cart. The registered current at a predetermined voltage is recorded for comparison. Each battery is charged and discharged several times over the course of a selected time period. Data is recorded for comparison.

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