Flower City Pickers Solar Collector
May to July 2018
From Left: Sarah, Evan, and Bri
Flower City Pickers
Flower City Pickers (FCP) is a nonprofit organization based in Rochester that collects unsold produce at the public market and distributes it to shelters around the city. FCP contacted us to build a dehydrator so that extra food could be preserved instead of going to waste.
We focused on the solar collector subsystem over the summer. We used what materials we had available (157 feet of black plastic tubing that was lying in the woods at RIT) to construct the collector.
We also attempted to build a Stirling engine to power an air pump, but that aspect of the project was not successful.