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Eng 106
Homework #1 Solution
Winter 2010
Problem 1. You’ve been asked to analyze the economic feasibility of installing various sizes of photovoltaic systems
on a commercial distribution center.
a) What might be one or more possible objectives (“wants”)?
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Minimize average yearly cost
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Maximize years of use
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Maximize annual amount of energy produced by the system.
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Minimize initial and annual CO
2
emissions
b) List three or more possible constraints (“needs”)
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Initial cost must be less than the dollars available to purchase a system
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Must fit within the surface area available to install the system
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Can’t require more than the amount of solar radiation available per unit area at the site
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Must satisfy building codes and any local regulations
c) List five pieces of information you might need in order to make a rational decision.
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Purchase prices for components of photovoltaic systems of various sizes and types
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Estimates of life expectancy for solar panels
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The cost of electricity from the grid
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Available solar radiation at the location
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Power output per unit area from various types of solar panels as a function of solar radiation, age of the
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This note was uploaded on 04/09/2010 for the course ENGR ENG106 taught by Professor Hartsrough during the Winter '10 term at UC Davis.
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