July 26, 2021
July 26, 2021
July 19, 2022
Energy Conversion and Conservation
In addition to ABET-defined course objectives, goals and outcomes, senior design projects also serve as unique bridges between the academia and the communities. Residents at _________ Aquatic Center, a city owned recreation center, have had lacked satisfactory shaded areas particularly when they waited for their children or friends while swimming classes were in session. The residents also needed an easy access to AC outlets for charging their smartphones, laptops and other electronic devices. This paper presents design, construction and operation of two separate solar Photovoltaic (PV) charging stations at the ___________ Aquatic Center as part of a senior design course requirements in a B.S. in Engineering Technology program. 3D sketches, electrical circuits, Gantt charts, and bill of materials are provided. This senior project initially began with four undergraduate students with multidisciplinary engineering technology majors in Fall 2019, then extended to Spring 2020 due to the scope of the project, and finally completed in August 2020 by two different senior students due to the graduations and Covid-19 pandemic related challenges. The funding for the project was provided by the City of __________ , and faculty and students involved in the senior design project served for community outreach purposes.
There are two objectives of this senior design project; (1) to provide limited shading for guests and staff members in the aquatic center, (2) to help city of __________ for improving its sustainability efforts by providing a renewable energy based charging stations. The PV charging stations have been used by aquatic center guests extensively both during the day and evening programs since the charging stations also provide lighting through deep-cycle battery storage. This senior project provided students to use their knowledge and increase hands on and project management skills in a real-life environment. Students worked in the project were majored in design and development, construction management, safety management, and electronics and computer engineering technology in the department of engineering technology. They were also involved in professional meetings with city officials to present their project progress efforts. The city officials expressed their strong interest to work with B.S. in engineering technology senior students and faculty to design and implement further renewable energy projects in future.
Pecen, R., & Coogler, K. L., & Yildiz, F., & Dakeev, U., & Sebesta, L. D. (2021, July), Design and Implementation of Solar PV Charging Stations for City of Huntsville Aquatic Center Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference. 10.18260/1-2--36911
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