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Cow Power MOM (Monitoring and Operating Module). Asa Parker Geovanny Rodriguez Jase Skellie. CVPS Contacts: David Dunn Rob Nelson. Faculty Mentor: Josh Bongard. CVPS Cow Power ™. A renewable energy program that supports Vermont dairy farms

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Cow Power MOM(Monitoring and Operating Module)

Asa Parker

Geovanny Rodriguez

Jase Skellie

CVPS Contacts:

David Dunn

Rob Nelson

Faculty Mentor:

Josh Bongard


Cvps cow power
CVPS Cow Power

  • A renewable energy program that supports Vermont dairy farms

  • On-site electricity generators run on methane from cow manure

  • Four farms produce 8 million KWh annually

    (enough for about 750 homes)

  • Provides a new income stream for farmers, while reducing manure odor and water quality impacts



Our project at green mountain dairy
Our Project at Green Mountain Dairy

  • Collects system data from digester and displays it in farm office (~ 750 feet away)

  • Has an alarm system that notifies someone when there is a problem with the system (cell phone call)


The original problem
The Original Problem…

  • Monitoring system = manual inspection sensors

  • Many components can shut the system down – locating the problem is difficult

  • Adjusting generator output is a manual task learned through experience


Design goals
Design Goals

  • Display system data remotely

  • Gather necessary data to automate generator output adjustments

  • Create a self-diagnostic alarm system to alert someone when there is a problem


Other goals the solution needs to be
Other GoalsThe solution needs to be:

  • Adaptable and expandable

  • User-friendly and appealing

  • Reliable – farmers need to trust the system


Discarded design concepts
Discarded Design Concepts

Tablets

Function: system data is displayed on tablet PCs, carried by farm workers

Drawbacks: burdensome, reliability (range, battery life)

Fax

Function: system data is faxed to office at regular intervals

Drawbacks: little improvement over existing solution, no alarm


Smartphone

Function: system data is displayed on smartphone, carried by farm workers

Drawbacks: Expensive monthly access fees

Web Site

Function: system data is served to a Web site, accessible anywhere

Drawbacks: limited alarming capability, security issues


Design road map
Design Road Map

October 25, 2007:

Final Concept


Design road map1
Design Road Map

October 25, 2007:

Final Concept

December 12, 2007:

Autodialer discovered


Design road map2
Design Road Map

October 25, 2007:

Final Concept

December 13, 2007:

PLC & QuickPanel quote received

December 12, 2007:

Autodialer discovered


Design road map3
Design Road Map

October 25, 2007:

Final Concept

December 13, 2007:

PLC & QuickPanel quote received

February 18, 2008:

We’re going to need lots of help!

December 12, 2007:

Autodialer discovered


Design road map4
Design Road Map

March 27, 2008:

Flow meters won’t work

October 25, 2007:

Final Concept

December 13, 2007:

PLC & QuickPanel quote received

February 18, 2008:

We’re going to need lots of help!

December 12, 2007:

Autodialer discovered


Design road map5
Design Road Map

March 27, 2008:

Flow meters won’t work

October 25, 2007:

Final Concept

December 13, 2007:

PLC & QuickPanel quote received

April 4, 2008:

Watlow sensors don’t have outputs

February 18, 2008:

We’re going to need lots of help!

December 12, 2007:

Autodialer discovered


Design road map6
Design Road Map

April 15, 2008:

Success!!! Proof of Concept

March 27, 2008:

Flow meters won’t work

October 25, 2007:

Final Concept

December 13, 2007:

PLC & QuickPanel quote received

April 4, 2008:

Watlow sensors don’t have outputs

February 18, 2008:

We’re going to need lots of help!

December 12, 2007:

Autodialer discovered










What we would do next
What we would do next…

  • Fully integrate our project into the existing digester system

  • Add sensors

  • Set up a database/Web site


Lessons learned
Lessons Learned

  • Don’t be afraid to change a design

  • The most simple things can turn out to be the most complicated (and vice versa)

  • Don’t expect to get help from a company unless you:

    • Give them money

    • Pretend like you’re going to buy something from them


A special thanks
A Special Thanks

Robinson Sales, INC.

The LEEN Company

Kevin Mahoney

Dave Dunn and Rob Nelson

Josh Bongard

Bill Rowell, owner of GMD


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