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Honors Project




Renewable energy sources-Panama-Portobelo, Electricity, Electric power systems-Panama-Portobelo, Photovoltaic power systems-Panama-Portobelo, Digester gas-Panama-Portobelo, Engineering, Renewable energy, Power systems


Future Scientist is a non-profit organization that seeks to empower communities around the world to improve their quality of life. Currently, several projects are being completed in the rural town of Portobelo, Panama. An index of renewable energy system designs is needed to evaluate the best system for meeting the needs of critical loads in the community. This index will be used to evaluate the most appropriate way to power current and future projects. The critical loads of the community were identified as the regional high school, an average household, and an average supermarket. A photovoltaic (PV) system, wind turbine system, and biogas digester and electric generator system were chosen as potential energy systems to evaluate. Upon completing this assessment, a PV system was found to be most appropriate for the regional high school and the average household and a biogas digester and electric generator system was found to be most appropriate for an average supermarket.




94 pages : illustrations. Honors Project-Smith College, 2014. Includes bibliographical references (pages 68-70)