Converter Design for a Model Solar Car
To provide our students with practical experience in power electronic design they undertake an assignment that involves a model solar car race. The students are required to design, build and demonstrate a dc-dc converter that matches the output from a 10W solar panel to a permanent magnet DC motor. The converter must step down the output voltage from the panel from 15V to 3V. This is a team-based assignment in which their mark is determined from an inspection, written report and a race. Such a project is important to stimulate the student’s interest in power electronics as well as providing them with some practical power electronic design skills.