Experimental evaluation of encapsulated solar cells for unmanned aerial vehicle application

Z. Sahwee, S. Abdul Hamid, N. L. Mohd Kamal, N. Norhashim

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Abstract

One of the recent area where renewable energy is used is in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. It does offer many benefits but at the same time, create technical challenges both in the design and the manufacturing process. The photovoltaic (PV) cell in its raw form is very fragile and easily being damaged. Once cracked, the electrical output reduces, while a severe crack will cause the solar cell to be unusable. In this research, an encapsulation process to increase the durability and reliability were explored by performing a series of tests. Thus the objective of this study is to explore solar encapsulation process while aiming to maintain its conversion efficiency. Conversion efficiency and weight penalty of each technique were recorded and were measured under sun irradiance. The results show that epoxy resin encapsulation together with advance composite fabrication technique provide the best results in terms of reliability and conversion efficiency. This method helps to protect the PV cell against moisture and damage, thus prolong the life-span of the solar cells.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Aerospace Electronics and Remote Sensing Technology, ICARES 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728136769
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2019
Event2019 IEEE International Conference on Aerospace Electronics and Remote Sensing Technology, ICARES 2019 - Yogyakarta, Indonesia
Duration: 17 Oct 201918 Oct 2019

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Aerospace Electronics and Remote Sensing Technology, ICARES 2019

Conference

Conference2019 IEEE International Conference on Aerospace Electronics and Remote Sensing Technology, ICARES 2019
CountryIndonesia
CityYogyakarta
Period17/10/1918/10/19

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Optimization
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Instrumentation

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    Sahwee, Z., Abdul Hamid, S., Mohd Kamal, N. L., & Norhashim, N. (2019). Experimental evaluation of encapsulated solar cells for unmanned aerial vehicle application. In Proceedings of the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Aerospace Electronics and Remote Sensing Technology, ICARES 2019 [8914549] (Proceedings of the 2019 IEEE International Conference on Aerospace Electronics and Remote Sensing Technology, ICARES 2019). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICARES.2019.8914549