Faculty Advisor

Looft, Fred J.


The purpose of this project was to design a prototype device that could address the two main issues the team identified with existing residential solar systems: specifically, the inability to use solar power when the grid is offline and the inability to dynamically allocate power in a reconfigurable manner. The team researched solar system topologies and components then built and tested a proof of concept device referred to as smart home energy controller. This report details the current state of solar PV system architectures, identifies current PV system design limitations, and explains the team’s proposed solutions. The group also addresses the final PV system designs and the technical challenges encountered with the technologies used in the prototype test setup.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

April 2017


Electrical and Computer Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering