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Mobile Renewable Response Trailer (MRRT) for Disaster Relief Efforts

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June 22, 2020

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June 22, 2020

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June 26, 2021

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ECCD Technical Session 5: Energy and Wind and Design

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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Reg Pecen Sam Houston State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Reg Pecen is currently a Quanta Endowed Professor of the Department of Engineering Technology at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Dr. Pecen was formerly a professor and program chairs of Electrical Engineering Technology and Graduate (MS and Doctoral) Programs in the Department of Technology at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI). Dr. Pecen served as 2nd President and Professor at North American University in Houston, TX from July 2012 through December 2016. He also served as a Chair of Energy Conservation and Conversion Division at American Society of Engineering Education (ASEE). Dr. Pecen holds a B.S in EE and an M.S. in Controls and Computer Engineering from the Istanbul Technical University, an M.S. in EE from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Wyoming (UW, 1997). He served as a graduate assistant and faculty at UW, and South Dakota State University. He served on UNI Energy and Environment Council, College Diversity Committee, University Diversity Advisory Board, and Graduate College Diversity Task Force Committees. His research interests, grants, and more than 50 publications are in the areas of AC/DC Power System Interactions, distributed energy systems, power quality, and grid-connected renewable energy applications including solar and wind power systems. He is a senior member of IEEE, member of ASEE, Tau Beta Pi National Engineering Honor Society, and ATMAE. Dr. Pecen was recognized as an Honored Teacher/Researcher in “Who’s Who among America’s Teachers” in 2004-2009. Dr. Pecen is a recipient of 2010 Diversity Matters Award at the University of Northern Iowa for his efforts on promoting diversity and international education at UNI. He is also a recipient of 2011 UNI C.A.R.E Sustainability Award for the recognition of applied research and development of renewable energy applications at UNI and Iowa in general. Dr. Pecen established solar electric boat R & D center at UNI where dozens of students were given opportunities to design solar powered boats. UNI solar electric boat team with Dr. Pecen’s supervision won two times a third place overall in World Championship on solar electric boating, an international competition promoting clean transportation technologies in US waters. He was recognized as an Advisor of the Year Award nominee among 8 other UNI faculty members in 2010-2011 academic year Leadership Award Ceremony. Dr. Pecen received a Milestone Award for outstanding mentoring of graduate students at UNI, and recognition from UNI Graduate College for acknowledging the milestone that has been achieved in successfully chairing ten or more graduate student culminating projects, theses, or dissertations, in 2011 and 2005.

He was also nominated for 2004 UNI Book and Supply Outstanding Teaching Award, March 2004, and nominated for 2006, and 2007 Russ Nielson Service Awards, UNI. Dr. Pecen is an Engineering Technology Editor of American Journal of Undergraduate Research (AJUR). He has been serving as a reviewer on the IEEE Transactions on Electronics Packaging Manufacturing since 2001. Dr. Pecen has served on ASEE Engineering Technology Division (ETD) in Annual ASEE Conferences as a reviewer, session moderator, and co-moderator since 2002. He served as a Chair-Elect on ASEE ECC Division in 2011. He also served as a program chair on ASEE ECCD in 2010. He is also serving on advisory boards of International Sustainable World Project Olympiad ( and International Hydrogen Energy Congress. Dr. Pecen received a certificate of appreciation from IEEE Power Electronics Society in recognition of valuable contributions to the Solar Splash as 2011 and 2012 Event Coordinator. Dr. Pecen was formerly a board member of Iowa Alliance for Wind Innovation and Novel Development ( and also represented UNI at Iowa Wind Energy Association (IWEA). Dr. Pecen taught Building Operator Certificate (BOC) classes for the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (MEEA) since 2007 at Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Illinois, Minnesota, and Missouri as well as the SPEER in Texas and Oklahoma to promote energy efficiency in industrial and commercial environments.

Dr. Pecen was recognized by State of Iowa Senate on June 22, 2012 for his excellent service and contribution to state of Iowa for development of clean and renewable energy and promoting diversity and international education since 1998.

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Keith L. Coogler Sam Houston State University

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Dr. Keith L. Coogler is an instructor of engineering technology at Sam Houston State University. He received a BS in Design & Development and holds a MA in Industrial Education and Ed.D. in Higher Education from Texas A&M University – Commerce. His primary teaching area is Construction Management. Research interests include: automation, electronics, alternative energy, and “green” construction.

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Faruk Yildiz Sam Houston State University

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Faruk Yildiz is currently an Associate Professor of
Engineering Technology at Sam Houston State University.
His primary teaching areas are in Electronics,
Computer Aided Design (CAD), and Alternative Energy Systems. Research interests include: low power energy
harvesting systems, renewable energy technologies
and education.

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Ulan Dakeev Sam Houston State University

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Dr. Ulan Dakeev is an Assistant Professor in the Engineering Technology Department at Sam Houston State University. His areas of research include Virtual & Augmented Reality, renewable energy (wind energy), quality in higher education, motivation, and engagement of students.

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Disasters can be as destructive as Katrina, Harvey, and Dorian leaving thousands of people homeless and vital resources. The number of hurricanes and storms in the last decade have steadily increased in Texas leaving residents without water, electricity, and medical care. Electricity needed for emergency medical equipment is crucial to save victims’ lives. In addition to traditional fossil fuel emergency generators, solar and wind energy based mobile renewable energy systems deployed with high quality and enhanced battery storage units improve disaster relief efforts by providing quiet, reliable, and zero-emission electricity.

This paper introduces design, implementation, operation and testing of a 5.5 kW mobile renewable energy system called mobile renewable response trailer (MRRT) installed in a 20X9 feet trailer for disaster relief efforts in Texas. The MRRT contains a PV array with a rated installed power capacity of 4.4 kW, 0.3 kW wind turbine, 8x100 Ah deep-cycle battery capacity, a 1.5 kW additional emergency gas-generator, and an additional 3x1500 VA Back-UPS Pro Unit Uninterruptable Power System that will provide approximately a continuous peak power of 5 kW for 3 days without any charging. The funding for project was provided by a local energy company to promote Environmental initiatives for cleaner energy efforts. The MRRT is towed behind a truck and ready to be delivered to disaster-struck regions to help with the immediate needs of residents by providing emergency power including lighting, charging stations for cell phones, small tools, lifesaving medical instruments, small power equipment, Wi-Fi, and satellite services.

There are two objectives of this applied research project; (1) to provide emergency electricity for lighting, lifesaving medical equipment, and refrigeration for prescription medication to the victims of disasters in very warm and humid environments, and (2) to help underprivileged high school students and teachers at rural Independent School Districts (ISDs) to be able to access renewable energy based mobile trailer to learn hands-on energy education. The MRRT is currently being towed to multiple ISDs including rural high schools in South Texas where students and teachers excel their knowledge of energy, environmental stewardship, and storm management by hands-on learning. The U.S. Department of Education identified energy education as a priority area for the nation. In order to compete in a global society, American children need to learn more energy concepts, yet rural ISDs have few resources to help them in this endeavor. Therefore, the MRRT project will help both students and STEM teachers to increase their awareness on both engineering technology and energy education.

Pecen, R., & Coogler, K. L., & Yildiz, F., & Dakeev, U. (2020, June), Mobile Renewable Response Trailer (MRRT) for Disaster Relief Efforts Paper presented at 2020 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual On line . 10.18260/1-2--34980

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