This page is part of the Senior Design project for the Electrical and Computer Engineering department at the University of Kentucky! The Senior Design project is a year-long project with a group of six students who aim to build a Solar Array!
What are we doing?
- Creating an easily expandable 2.3 kilowatt net-metered photovoltaic array that feeds into the power grid
- We are outputing data about the array and the power generated via a graphical interface that could be accessed on the World Wide Web
Why are we doing it?
- The University of Kentucky is one of the largest institutions within the state of Kentucky
- First step to offset the carbon footprint of the university directly
- This project will allow the university to expand the array (and thus further reduce the carbon footprint) whenever funding allows
- Much of the power that drives the grid that the university is connected to is derived from coal, one of the most environmentally damaging sources of fuel
- The Student Sustainability Council saw a need for an alternate means of energy production, preferably on campus; thus, with collaboration of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering's Senior Design course, chargeBlue was created
How are we doing it?
- See the Design section!
Where will we put it?
- On the roof of the Charles E. Barnhart building!
- See the Location section!
When will we have it done?
- Beginning of May of 2011!
Who is responsible for it?
- Faculty Advisor: Dr. Donald Colliver
- Funded by the Student Government Association and the Student Sustainability Council