Design and Construction of a 0.5 Kw Solar Tree for Powering Farm Settlements

International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Technology 10(6), 2019, pp. 19-33

15 Pages Posted: 18 Sep 2019

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Ifetayo Oluwafemi

University of Johannesburg, RSA, Johannesburg, 2006, South African

Timothy Laseinde

University of Johannesburg, RSA

Ayodeji Olalekan Salau

Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria

Date Written: September 10, 2019

Abstract

Nigeria is a country faced with great challenges in the power sector. This is as a result of inadequate administrative and technical efforts in handling issues in this sector. Aforetime, the country has solely depended on grid electricity generation which has proven to be unstable for several decades. These and others, has made it imperative to introduce the use of renewable energy in addressing some of the electricity challenges facing the country. The sources of renewable energy which could serve as an alternative source of power include wind, solar, and biogas. These can also be combined together as an entity to form a hybrid renewable energy source. In this paper, a solar tree was designed and constructed to provide an alternative supply of electricity to farm settlements in Nigeria. This is achieved by generating electricity from a single or multiple number of solar panels connected with a charge controller, a battery bank for storage and an inverter circuit to supply electrical power. Depending on the electrical load demand and the applications coverage area, the solar tree rating and specification can be a single-phase or three-phase AC output.

Keywords: Solar Tree, Grid, Electricity, Renewable Energy, Power

Suggested Citation

Oluwafemi, Ifetayo and Laseinde, Timothy and Olalekan Salau, Ayodeji, Design and Construction of a 0.5 Kw Solar Tree for Powering Farm Settlements (September 10, 2019). International Journal of Mechanical Engineering and Technology 10(6), 2019, pp. 19-33. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3451085

Ifetayo Oluwafemi (Contact Author)

University of Johannesburg, RSA, Johannesburg, 2006, South African ( email )

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Johannesburg, Gauteng 2006
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Timothy Laseinde

University of Johannesburg, RSA ( email )

PO Box 524
Auckland Park
Johannesburg, Gauteng 2006
South Africa

Ayodeji Olalekan Salau

Afe Babalola University, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria ( email )

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P.M.B 5454
Ado-Ekiti, Ekiti State, Western 234432
Nigeria

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