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Homework Help: Efficiency, power, irradiance and speed problem

  1. Oct 24, 2012 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
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    2. Relevant equations
    The problem is I dont know what equation(s) I have to use.

    3. The attempt at a solution
    This question my part of my thermofluid dynamics course but I cannot find a formula in my textbook that uses an irradiance (1000W/m^2) term.

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  3. Oct 24, 2012 #2
    Think about this problem. You have a 1 m2 solar collector. It is 30% efficient. If 1000 W/m2 is falling on a 1 m2 that is 30% efficient how much power is the solar panel producing(in KW)? Compare with the power of the car.
  4. Oct 24, 2012 #3
    so that means 300W or 0.3kW of power is being produced.
    how do i relate this to speed
  5. Oct 24, 2012 #4


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    If it takes 200,000W to go at speed X how much faster is it likely to go if the power available is increased to 200,300W ? Hint: it's a multiple choice question and its not going to go >50% faster :-).
  6. Oct 25, 2012 #5
    yes its fair enough that it wont go 50% faster or 10% or even 4%, but how would I go about getting an exact answer?
  7. Oct 26, 2012 #6
    How about W=Fd, P = F*v, assume F doesn't change (much)
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2012
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