Adrian Sacks, Daniel Carrera, Jonamhae Sam Cucal, Alan Dai, Alvin Dai, Sam Elias, Jose Godinez, Jeric Jaurigue, Khoi Nguyen, Humberto Vargas, Ha Thu Le
Solar PV systems have become increasingly popular as viable power sources for utilities, commercial and residential areas, thanks to its decreasing cost and configuration flexibility. These factors also make the solar PV technology promising for variety of other stand-alone and mobile applications. However, these potential applications require research and development to be realized. This study develops one of such solar-PV-based applications via designing a solar powered tent with essential appliances that can be used for diverse purposes. Some of the purposes are sheltering military personnel during training, serving emergency workers during their missions, sheltering homeless people, as well as for camping and other outdoor activities. The tent is designed to minimize power usage while providing functions decidedly crucial to the well-being of users. A novel method of assigning power to loads on the basis of night and day needs is created to satisfy user needs while preserving the equipment life span. The tent is safe where its electrical system is DC with low voltage ratings (24V or less). The study also provides comprehensive understanding of this mobile application to facilitate its adoption by users and support their ability to reproduce the tent by themselves. For this goal, detailed tent design, sizing of solar PV panel and battery, other relevant component specifications, and control system coding are provided. Testing has shown that the tent functions properly and provides user comfort. Via the tent design, this study provides a model for developing similar solar-based systems or applications for general public. Wide public usage promotes solar PV adoption, which helps lower carbon emissions and protect the environments.
Battery, camping, emergency usage, homeless, microcontroller, outdoor living, stand-alone power source, solar PV, solar tent, shelter
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Adrian Sacks, Daniel Carrera, Jonamhae Sam Cucal, Alan Dai, Alvin Dai, Sam Elias, Jose Godinez, Jeric Jaurigue, Khoi Nguyen, Humberto Vargas, Ha Thu Le. (2023) A Solar Powered Tent for Comfortable Outdoor Living, Emergency and Flexible Activities. International Journal of Renewable Energy Sources, 8, 90-114