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Solar Powered Outdoors Table (SPOT)
The SPOT project is a completely student designed and implemented outdoors table retrofitted with solar panels used to charge an off-grid solar energy system. It is a place that provides students in UIUC a space to sit and study outside while charging their devices (cellphones, tablets, laptops etc.) using solar energy. It also better promote solar energy by allowing students to interact with the energy produced by solar panels they can clearly see in-front of them. Lastly, there is a QR code on the SPOT which will direct students and RSOs to a website detailing the design and construction plans for the project. This allows students and other RSOs to replicate the project -or parts of it- in their own endeavors. The website will also include instructions to create a simple off-grid solar energy system that can be integrated to other student projects.
Special thanks to
ECEB facility staff for allowing us to use their ladder for the PV installations as well as their drydock for storage
The Concrete Canoe RSO for allowing us to use their work space for concrete work practice
UIUC F&S for their advice and support
2021 Solar District Cup
In 2020-2021, we participated in a solar design competition sponsored by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL). The goal was to create a plan for a massive PV network in a neighborhood in southeast Denver. We selected specific hardware, evaluated the best panel locations, worked out how to finance the project, projected the returns, and drafted a construction timeline, ensuring that the system was up to code. Ultimately, we presented this plan to NREL and made it to the 3rd round of 4 before being eliminated.
Mini Off-Grid PV System
A mini off-grid PV system that acted as a prototype for the SPOT Solar PV System and was finished in the 2017-2018 school year. It can charge small devices like cell-phones and has basic safety mechanisms. It was showcased in both the 2018 and 2019 Engineering Open House.
Net-zero Home Model
A simple model of a net-zero energy home equipped with miniature solar panels and a vertical wind turbine. It was showcased in the 2017 Engineering Open House (EOH) and won first place EOH Green Award.