September 2012 to May 2013
See project SolaRIT Renovation
RIT Student Government
Klein Steel Service
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Real Goods Solar
Mechanical Engineering Machine Lab
CAST Materials Lab
GIS Eco-Design Lab
Rapid Prototyping Lab
The SolaRIT is a mobile information station that is powered by a 240 watt monocrystalline photovoltaic module (solar panel). The module charges a 24 volt 100 Ah battery bank, which powers a 1500 watt inverter creating usable AC current. The unit has AC outlets to power user devices, a 32 inch LED monitor to display information, a weather proof audio system, and a pair of LED DJ lights. There is also a power meter that displays the power being generated by the solar panel, a meter that measures and tracks power consumption, and a battery gauge that displays the charge status of the battery bank.
The SolaRIT is intended to be available for use by clubs, organizations, and academic/administrational departments within RIT who want a mobile source of power during outside events, activities, and fundraisers. The system is structured to be used as a type of information kiosk desk such that users can stand behind it and promote their cause.