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Student Project: Instrumentation and Control of Solar-Powered Algae Bioreactor

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2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition

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Salt Lake City, Utah

Publication Date

June 23, 2018

Start Date

June 23, 2018

End Date

July 27, 2018

Conference Session

Capstone Projects in Manufacturing

Tagged Division

Manufacturing

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12

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https://peer.asee.org/31016

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56

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Richard Chiou Drexel University (Eng. & Eng. Tech.)

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Dr. Richard Chiou is Associate Professor within the Engineering Technology Department at Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA. He received his Ph.D. degree in the G.W. Woodruff School of Mechanical Engineering at Georgia Institute of Technology. His educational background is in manufacturing with an emphasis on mechatronics. In addition to his many years of industrial experience, he has taught many different engineering and technology courses at undergraduate and graduate levels. His tremendous research experience in manufacturing includes environmentally conscious manufacturing, Internet based robotics, and Web based quality. In the past years, he has been involved in sustainable manufacturing for maximizing energy and material recovery while minimizing environmental impact.

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Michael G Mauk P.E. Drexel University

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Michael Mauk is Assistant Professor in Drexel University's Engineering Technology program.

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Tzu-Liang Bill Tseng University of Texas, El Paso

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Dr. Tseng is a Professor and Chair of Industrial, Manufacturing and Systems Engineering at UTEP. His research focuses on the computational intelligence, data mining, bio- informatics and advanced manufacturing. Dr. Tseng published in many refereed journals such as IEEE Transactions, IIE Transaction, Journal of Manufacturing Systems and others. He has been serving as a principle investigator of many research projects, funded by NSF, NASA, DoEd, KSEF and LMC. He is currently serving as an editor of Journal of Computer Standards & Interfaces.

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Carlos Michael Ruiz Drexel University (Eng. & Eng. Tech.)

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Jean Carlo Espaillat

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Jean Carlo Espaillat Ureña graduated from Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA. He coursed engineering technology with a concentration in industrial engineering. During his time in Drexel University, Jean Carlo completed his thesis on how to accelerate algae growth in order to produce biofuels. His thesis was awarded first place in his school and was later on awarded second place in a university-wide competition. He now works in the Dominican Republic in Espalsa, SRL as the new projects manager.

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Senyu Wang

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Abstract

The paper presents a senior design project that engages in education research activities to enhance learning in green energy manufacturing, including instrumentation and control of solar energy system for development of efficient solar-powered algae bioreactor. Energy harvesting biofuel systems use a constant amount of energy to monitor and control biofuel production. It is important to produce biofuels efficiently as these systems become much larger and sophisticated. Renewable energy resources improve environmental impact and sustainability. Improving solar cell efficiency through various measurement techniques expands the need for an independent energy harvesting system. Solar cells used to control microcontrollers and numerous system devices must be optimized to run an efficient system. Different coatings/ films were used to determine spectral efficiency through diverse wavelengths. Efficiencies were then compared to controlled wavelengths from a computer-controlled laser light source scanner. The solar cells were common polycrystalline wafers that are available to consumers from online sources. The cells were then tested within an algal continuous flow system to determine effectiveness and efficiency as an energy resource. Solar cells are known to only provide energy during daylight exposure. Another evaluation on fluorescent films/ coatings for the solar cells offered an evaluation to specific wavelength absorption through night emission. Examining such methods provides insight to students of practices towards improving solar cell efficiency through various fluid substances, transparent, and opaque material. For the sake of achieving the student learning outcomes, experiments were conducted, including sensor monitoring and process control. A concluding section discusses the student learning experiences during this project.

Chiou, R., & Mauk, M. G., & Tseng, T. B., & Ruiz, C. M., & Espaillat, J. C., & Wang, S. (2018, June), Student Project: Instrumentation and Control of Solar-Powered Algae Bioreactor Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Salt Lake City, Utah. https://peer.asee.org/31016

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