Photovoltaic Array Data Analysis

Intended Learning Outcomes

The students will be able to:

  • retrieve and collate comparable data from several sources using a spreadsheet
  • analyse data graphically or statistically to identify imbedded patterns, correlations, and anomalies
  • use the concepts of insolation (solar flux density reaching the earth's surface), angle of incidence, energy conversion, and the diurnal solar cycle to explain patterns in the data and predict future measures

Teaching Rationales

Students analyse real data and look for predictive patterns that could assist in advising on the appropriateness, orientation and size of any solar array to meet expected domestic energy demands in any location in New Zealand or Australia.

Learning Areas, Strands, Achievement Objectives

7 - 8

Level 7

  • 7.1(a) & (b)

Level 8

  • 8.1(a) & (b), 8.2(b)


  • Information Gathering [locate and process relevant information using a variety of sources...]
  • Processing & Interpreting [analyse recorded data using statistical and graphing procedures, as appropriate, to identify trends, relationships, and patterns]

Unit Standards

  • 6388 Apply formulae, graphical, vectorial and phasor methods to find unknowns for a physical system.
  • 6395 Use graphical analysis to determine non-linear physical relationships.
  • 6392 Analyse the development of a selected area of physics and a physics-based application.

Achievement Standards

  • 2.7 demonstrate understanding of physics in an integrated context