SolaRIT

Project Leads:

Kevin Gebo
Jake Kleinberger
Eric Tank

Team Members:

Unknown

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Duration:

September 2012 to May 2013

End-Life:

See project SolaRIT Renovation

Publications:

N/A

Sponsors:

RIT Student Government
SMC Metal
Klein Steel Service
DARCOR
Lowe's
CENG
Kate Gleason College of Engineering
Best Buy
Real Goods Solar
Batteries Plus

Special Thanks:

Mechanical Engineering Machine Lab
CAST Materials Lab
GIS Eco-Design Lab
Rapid Prototyping Lab
​Brinkman Lab

Description:

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.

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