The objective of this project is to design a clean, sustainable, off-grid modular recharging system that does not incur on-going fuel expenses. Currently, sewing and shaving machines in a refugee setting need to be charged using gasoline generators. A renewable energy (e.g,solar) system is favorable due to the cost, emissions, and resources constraints associated with petroleum fuels. The primary application will be to provide electric power to enable the operation of sewing machines for refugees. An alternate application should also be assessed to enable the operation of small scale shaving machines for cutting hair. Modularity and portability are also important so that refugees can provide these services in villages and camps where they live to make an income. The system should be capable of providing the required electric power form and quality (e.g., 220VAC, 60Hz), for one or more sewing/shaving devices at a given time. Simple power electronics may be required to convert the solar input to the required output voltage and power levels to ensure no adverse damage to the target devices or users. A battery (but a common one, such as a 12VDC lead acid car battery) or other energy storage device may also be considered, in order to ensure continuous power delivery when the renewable energy input is variable or unavailable.
Department Interdisciplinary
Sponsor Isaac Zama
Advisor Todd Sulchek
Primary Email Contact
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Name Major Hometown
Aditya Kuntamukkula MSE Cherry Hill, NJ
Donald Davis EE Tallapoosa, Georgia
Garrett Harvey ME Rincon, GA
Laura Rodriguez ME Alpharetta, GA
Margaret White ME Johns Creek, GA