Use of Data Acquisition for Rapid Feasibily Check of PV Based Illumination Systems

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Data Acquisition Systems (DAS) have been used to acquire fast and slow varying electronics signals. Photovoltaic (PV) produced signals and consumed load energy can therefore be gathered by using DAS systems. In this research: the samples of varying solar irradiance and varying load power are collected by the microcontroller-based DAS and then processed to determine the feasibility of photovoltaic (PV) based illumination systems for the region in question. The microcontroller software algorithm logs the power samples from test PV and the load into a coma separated value file (CSV), which is later transferred to the computer for further analysis. In the computer, tools such as spreadsheets are used to compare the prevailing solar energy with the load conditions to give the feasibility report. This study showed that by physically measuring the ground received solar power and the power that is consumed by the connected load: the surveillance of PV based illumination have been simplified.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationIEEE AFRICON 2019
Subtitle of host publicationPowering Africa's Sustainable Energy for All Agenda: The Role of ICT and Engineering, AFRICON 2019
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
ISBN (Electronic)9781728132891
Publication statusPublished - Sept 2019
Event2019 IEEE AFRICON, AFRICON 2019 - Accra, Ghana
Duration: 25 Sept 201927 Sept 2019

Publication series

NameIEEE AFRICON Conference
ISSN (Print)2153-0025
ISSN (Electronic)2153-0033


Conference2019 IEEE AFRICON, AFRICON 2019


  • data acquisition
  • feasibility
  • load energy
  • solar irradiance

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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