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An integrated data logging system was developed and installed at two locations utilizing renewable energy generation. The system provides real-world information that is used for student projects and examples in an on-line training program. This system gathers and stores a variety of real-time information in a centralized location. This data includes weather data as well as performance data for solar photovoltaic (PV), solar thermal hot water, and wind generation systems. Combining information from all energy sources allows students and researchers to study the interactions between each generation component. The information is stored on an internet database where it is available to researchers and students through a secure login. A public website was created that displays real-time performance information of each renewable energy generation system. The building and instrumentation system provides data for a ?virtual lab? to give on-line learners practical experience. Data collected over many seasons and years will be used to perform an economic analysis of the installed renewable systems.
renewable energy, solar energy, wind energy, monitoring, on-line training, web-based monitoring
R. Baron, T. Baron and M. Mathison. 2013. Development of a renewable energy demonstration building to support on-line training. CSBE/SCGAB 2011 Annual Conference, Inn at the Forks, Winnipeg, Mb. 10-13 July 2011
CSBE/SCGAB 2011 Annual Conference, Inn at the Forks, Winnipeg, Mb. 10-13 July 2011
Canadian Society for Bioengineering