Solar Power

Solar Power does work in Alaska!

We offer design and installation for solar power systems.

Tests were performed in South Pole to get photovolatic panel operating results in extreme cold climate conditions. Michael Hauke traveled to the Amundsen Scott South Pole Station as a building inspector.  He performed a feasibility study for using solar power to partially replace fuel oil.  See pictures and link to full report below.

During the 2008-09 summer, a new test project saw photovoltaic (PV) panels installed on the roof of Altie Meadows, the central power building for the summer camp utilities. Six 175W Sharp modules were installed…2 facing west, and one each facing north, south, east, and up. They were closely monitored to determine the output of each panel 24/7…during the initial period of installation they averaged a total of 65 kWH weekly.

As a part of the study, the potential fuel savings was determined, assuming that all available roof and wall areas on station structures were outfitted with similar panel installations…the numbers indicated that a maximum annual fuel savings of 25% could be achieved…and a payback period of less than 2 years (material cost only) assuming a delivered fuel cost of $30 per gallon and an output of 13.04 kWH per gallon. In summary, about 2400 gallons of fuel per year would be saved for each 100 solar panels that were installed.

 

power to the summer people
wall panels

Above, a view of the east side of the solar array.

Below, two more views from late March 2010:

hot stuff
housing units
At left, a closeup of the installation. Above, a view of it looking across summer camp.
 

See Michael’s Full Report Here:

www.http://ebookbrowse.com/solar-energy-at-south-pole-012209-draft-rsa-doc-d136672136

Michael also worked in Germany and Spain on solar power plant research projects.  He worked with the German Society for Aeronautics and Astronautics (DGLR) and at the PlataformaSolar in Almeria,   Spain.   http://www.psa.es/webeng/index.php

Engineers at PlataformaSolar are testing various solar power plant concepts including solar towers, solar
parabolic troughs, solar dishes, and more.  Michael’s task was to analyze options to minimize the heat loss of the
parabolic trough in the water/steam parabolic trough solar power plant.