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The Use of an Innovative Jig to Stimulate Awareness of Sustainable Technologies among Freshman Engineering Students

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dc.contributor.author Hertzog, Pierre
dc.contributor.author Swart, Arthur James
dc.date.accessioned 2018-08-07T10:51:37Z
dc.date.available 2018-08-07T10:51:37Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.issn 1937-0695
dc.identifier.issn 1937-0709
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11462/1458
dc.description Published Article en_US
dc.description.abstract Renewable energy systems, such as photovoltaic (PV) systems, still require a great deal of research and development in order to improve efficiency, reduce overall manufacturing costs, and to become more sustainable in the future. Solar power production using PV modules has increased and is currently one of the fastest growing energy technologies worldwide, leading to speculation that it will be the main source of electrical power in future. This on-going research and implementation of PV modules and systems necessitates the effective training of technicians, technologists and engineers required to install, maintain or interface with these systems. The Department for Electrical, Electronic and Computer Engineering at the Central University of Technology, Free State (CUT) in South Africa has implemented a Higher Certificate in Renewable Energy Technologies (HCRET) in January 2014. The purpose of this article is to outline a practical innovative jig that was used to stimulate awareness and understanding of the fundamental operating principles of one specific sustainable technology, namely PV modules. Electronic measurements from this innovative jig are obtained by using an ARDUINO UNO board which interfaces with LabVIEW. Student perceptions of using this innovative jig are further presented, which indicate that the practical experiments were satisfying, challenging, relevant and applicable to PV module operation. en_US
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dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Sustainability en_US
dc.subject sustainability en_US
dc.subject tilt angle en_US
dc.subject light source en_US
dc.subject student perceptions en_US
dc.subject LabVIEW en_US
dc.subject ARDUINO en_US
dc.title The Use of an Innovative Jig to Stimulate Awareness of Sustainable Technologies among Freshman Engineering Students en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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