idea for a senior project related to renewable energy

Discussion in 'The Projects Forum' started by lebtech, Jun 8, 2012.

  1. lebtech

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    dear members, i would like to thank the owners of this forum for giving us students the opportunity to share our ideas and thoughts about topics related to electronics.

    i would like to help me pick up few thoughts or ideas for a senior project related to renewable energy such as solar or wind power. im looking to get the first prize , so please show me the way to get a good idea to start with. thank you. kind regards.
     
  2. mcgyvr

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    I always thought a windmill tied to an automotive AC compressor would be neat a neat project.. Free AC would save the world ..mmuuuhhaaaaaa
     
  3. NaeKid

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    How extensive would you like to go? I have a few solar-systems in place at home now where I have combined panels with batteries in order to run secondary lighting in the house. My camping-trailer is also setup with panels to keep it charged-up for extended periods of time (currently sitting at 2 years of full-time-power) ...
     
  4. wayneh

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    +1 Everyone wants to make electricity, but actual shaft-work energy might be more efficient and more useful, such as for compressing coolant in an A/C. Old fashioned windmills on the farm were for pumping water, not making electricity. Unfortunately this would be more of a chem engineering project than an electrical one. You must have constraints/guidelines you haven't mentioned yet?

    Here's a related idea: They used to sell air conditioners that used ammonia as a coolant (very endothermic when it dissolves in water) and burned natural gas (incredibly cheap right now) to regenerate the ammonia by heating the water solution. I always thought it would be neat to regenerate the ammonia with solar heat.
     
  5. lebtech

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    solar power seniors are not so special. i was thinking of something new and no one would think about. remember that im looking to get the first prize.
     
  6. GetDeviceInfo

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    spread thier ashes in the garden, completely renewable.
     
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  7. GetDeviceInfo

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    sorry, I thought you meant 'Seniors'.
     
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  8. MrChips

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    Energy harvesting from a solar panel.

    We know that the voltage output from a PV solar panel is directly dependent on the amount of sunlight so how do you harvest the energy on a cloudy day?

    Can you design a power harvester that can charge a 12V storage battery even when the voltage from the solar panel drops to 0.2V ?
     
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