Faculty Advisor

Bitar, Stephen J.

Abstract

The purpose of this project was to examine the feasibility of a solar powered refrigeration system and to implement a working prototype on a small scale. A thermal model of an ideal refrigerator was developed to determine the necessary compressor power requirements for a given refrigerator volume. These power requirements were then used to dictate the necessary battery capacity and solar panel output needed by a practical system. A prototype of a solar powered refrigeration system was then constructed utilizing a dorm-size refrigerator, DC compressor control module was utilized to prevent damage to the system.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2005

Major

Electrical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

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