Solar panels installed on ship for low carbon cargo ship research project

Photovoltaic system on a cargo shipPhotovoltaic system on a cargo ship

A Renewable Energy MSc student working with Narec Distributed Energy and Newcastle University has installed a system on a Sterna Carrier cargo ship to measure levels of energy photovoltaics can gain from reflect light from the sea.

Matt Pitt has designed, built and install the systems as part of his Renewable Energy MSc project at the University of Newcastle. The system includes pv modules on either side of the ship, and a horizontal module with pyronometer at the top of the ship.

The system is installed on a Sterna Carrier which sails from Harwich to Rotterdam twice daily.

This work will give valuable data and understanding for work which Narec Distributed Energy and Newcastle University are currently undertaking for systems on low carbonĀ  cargo ships, including the FP7 funded project Inomanship.

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