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Experimental Analysis of an Integrated Aquaponics and Standalone Solar Photovoltaic System

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Abstract: A stand-alone photovoltaic system was required to produce power for the prototype Modular Solar Powered Aquaponics System (MSPAS) developed at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology located in South Africa’s, Western Cape region.MSPAS utilizes solar energy such as solar photovoltaic panels to generate electricity to power a submersible pump and two light emitting diode (LED) lights. The focus of this paper was to validate the design of the PV system with experimental results.The results indicated that over the course of 8 days, during the winter month, the PV system was able to generate an average of 1.167 kWh during days with average solar radiation values of 586 W m2 an efficiency for the PV array determined to be 8.5 . The prototype showed promising results and that the design was able to meet the requirements by powering the system during moderate to adverse weather conditions. Therefore, the integration of stand-alone PV systems and aquaponics could prove to be viable option that further promote renewable energy and environmental sustainable perspectives.

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