Solar Interact

Project Mission

Our project has three main goals. The first goal involves informing people about renewable energy in an unique, fun, and interactive manner. The second is to provide a service to Price Center (PC) through the creation of an application that will route the user from the SRC to anywhere in PC. Lastly, this project will utilize our engineering skills to build a project from the ground up.

 

Process

  • In order to achieve these goals, we are building a hand crank generator game. An individual will be able to turn the hand crank generator and observe how much electricity they generate on a tablet compared to on campus solar panels. The game will have a variety of settings where the user will observe how much energy solar panels produce during different times of the days. We are constructing the entire system, which includes building the generator, programming the game interface, and coding the PC map application.

Current Status

Currently we are completing the design phase and starting to build the final product.

Some of our accomplishments are creating and testing our prototype generator, producing about 2-3V, 3-D printing the entire generator, and approaching completion of an android app that will route a user to any location in Price Center. Our latest accomplishment is reading power from an arduino to a phone, which will transmit the instantaneous power from the hand crank generator to the tablet.

Timeline

In the beginning of spring quarter, we finished testing the hand crank generator prototype. Throughout spring quarter, we worked on the framework of the game architecture in Arduino and finished the basics of the Price Center map application. Over the summer, we made great progress on the Arduino architecture. In fall of 2017, we are completing this Arduino architecture and finalizing the final structural design of the overall game. We will build start to assemble the final product at the end of this quarter and the start of Winter quarter 2018.

Group Members

Joseph (JJ) Kadifa – Project Lead
Jason Lui – Electric Team Lead
Jeremy Cruz – Data & Monitoring Lead
Jason Mayeda – Structural Lead
Mukund Nair – Electric Member
Sukhdeep Chera – Structural Team Member
Kelly Levick – Electric Team Member
Jonathan Bradshaw – Electric Team Member
Jeffrey Alido – Structural Team Member
Matias Lee – Structural Team Member

Our project team meets once a week, with 2 hour work periods for each individual team.

The best way to contribute is to put the project to use when completed. The project will be located in the Sustainable Resource Center. In addition to that, donations are more than welcome.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to contact Joseph Kadifa at jkadifa@ucsd.edu

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