Sinetech shines a light on solar for students

University students at the Sintech Institute of Technology
University students at the Sintech Institute of Technology

Ten third-year technologist interns visited the Sinetech Institute along with their instructor on April 12 2016.

The visit was facilitated by Resolution Circle (RC), a company owned by UJ.

RC takes technologist interns - mechanical, electrical, electronics and instrumentation - through a 6-month program during which they are exposed to the trades of carpentry, boiler making, fitting and turning, electronics, automation and electrical motors, with a focus on design and engineering problem solving.

The students are currently engaged in designing DC to AC inverters, so a visit to one of Gauteng's foremost electronics engineering firms was in order; Sinetech's two senior engineers introduced the interns to the many components and layouts of solar and backup systems, with an emphasis on the function and variety of inverters, and were guided on a tour of Sinetech's rooftop Solar PV Panel and Weather Reference Station

The reference station consists of three 3kW solar arrays. Data generated from the weather station is an integral part of the entire PV test system. All power and data cables terminate in Sinetech’s sophisticated data centre for power distribution and data processing.

This data is used for establishing the maximum yield in Sinetech’s solar system designs and is also used for training purposes. The interns have been granted access to the online portal so that they can make use of the data for reference purposes.