Degree Name

MS (Master of Science)



Date of Award


Committee Chair or Co-Chairs

Paul Sims

Committee Members

Moin Uddin, Hugh Blanton


Solar panels are used in many different applications for generating sustainable energy. Many countries use solar power as a power generation method. It is also, an excellent option for getting power to difficult areas. There are three main systems used when generating solar power: grid-tied, battery banked, and direct driven systems. Most systems use a combination of grid-tied and battery banked so any unused power can be fed back into the main grid for compensation. The solar power application suggested in this thesis will provide USB power to a picnic table enabling students to charge cellphones and other small devices while at the table. The solar panel will be mounted on the top of the picnic table or on a canopy as shading for the table. These locations along with the power generation systems were researched and tested to find the best option.

Document Type

Thesis - unrestricted


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