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Solarpacking. Mitch Vernon Eastern Kentucky University. OUTLINE. Motivation behind the project. Alternate ways of charging devices. Photos of the project How the project can be used Solution Video Future Work. 2. MOTIVATION. Alternative Energies WFR/Guiding. 3. INTRODUCTION.

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Solarpacking

Mitch Vernon

Eastern Kentucky University


OUTLINE

  • Motivation behind the project.

  • Alternate ways of charging devices.

  • Photos of the project

  • How the project can be used

  • Solution

  • Video

  • Future Work

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MOTIVATION

  • Alternative Energies

  • WFR/Guiding

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INTRODUCTION

  • I’m an advocate of alternate energies.

  • My battery powered devices die on long trips.

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PROBLEM STATEMENT

  • There are a lot of different ways to make personal solar chargers, but there was not much information on newer flexible cells.

  • Getting the device to charge via USB.

  • Microcontroller fried 24 hours before I had to present.

5


Assumptions

  • Assuming the user actually travels where there no electricity.

  • They need Sun light.

  • The user has all day to charge a battery.

  • The user is charging a USB powered device.

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PROPOSED SOLUTION

  • List steps taken to solve the problem such as but not limited to:

    • Brainstorming

    • Internet Research

    • Physical Research

    • Assembly

    • Testing and troubleshooting (A lot)

    • Verifying results

    • Rebuilding the device

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Results


RESULTS Cont.

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Results Cont.


Results Cont.


Results Cont.


CONCLUSIONS

  • After rebuilding everything, it did end up working. Both charging the battery and charging a USB device

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Video


FUTURE WORK

  • In the future I would like to add more panels.

  • I would like to create a waterproof casing for the product so it can attach to backpacks, bicycles, and other devices.

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REFERENCES

  • adafruit. (2010, July 09). How to – make a solar mintyboost, a solar power charger for your gadgets!. Retrieved from http://www.adafruit.com/blog/2010/07/09/how-to-make-a-solar-mintyboost-a-solar-power-charger-for-your-gadgets/

  • Basic 4 aa solar battery charger plans. (2007, July 30). Retrieved from http://www.reuk.co.uk/Basic-4-AA-Solar-Battery-Charger-Plans.htm

  • Solar lipoly charger. (2012, March 07). Retrieved from

  • Toothman, Jessika, and Scott Aldous.  "How Solar Cells Work"  01 April 2000.  HowStuffWorks.com. <http://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/energy/solar-cell.htm>  08 May 2013.http://ladyada.net/make/solarlipo/

  • What are solar cells?. (2004). Retrieved from http://www.makeitsolar.com/solar-energy-information/07-solar-cells.htm


Contact

  • Mitch Vernon

  • Charles_Vernon3@mymail.eku.edu


ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

  • Thanks to:

  • Brian Casey

  • Professor Vigs

  • Professor Richardson

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