The goal of this project was to transform Votey Hall into an integrated, wireless, smart grid and renewable energy laboratory. Specifically, students completed the following engineering tasks (you can view their final presentations below):
- Design and build two multiple axis solar photovoltaic tracking systems on the roof of Votey Hall.
- Design and install a battery storage system to mitigate the intermittent nature of the solar power.
- Design and install a wireless sensor network for Votey Hall that will enable energy system components to communicate with one another, with a central energy management server, and with a smart meter for the building.
- Design and install a display on the first floor of Votey that will allow visitors and students to see the amount of energy consumed in the building.
This student team required substantial interaction among electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and computer science students.
Smart grid technology is considered by many to be the technology industry with the largest potential for near--term growth. Aspects of smart grid have the potential to make electricity cleaner, more reliable, and, potentially, more affordable. An important component of smart grid is technology that will allow electricity customers to better visualize how and when they consume electricity and to more efficiently manage their appliances. Another goal of smart grid is to better enable the integration of small--scale renewable power generation technology into the power grid.
Project Champions: Paul Hines and Jeff Frolik
Clean Energy Fund Award: $27,000
Final Project Cost: $27,000
September 2011- May 2012: Team 3 works on the Solar Array Lab as part of their SEED (Student Experience in Engineering Design) capstone course. The student team included:
Gabrielle DaGama '12 (Mechanical Engineering),
Shane Bluto '12 (Mechanical Engineerign),
Anthony Lauzon '12 (Electrical Engineering),
Lawrence Thurber '12 (Electrical Engineering),
John "Jack" Christoforo (Computer Science)