Mechanical 5 - Solar Panel Device
Student Team: Adam Obenberger, Charlie Siderius, Paige Bernier, Travis Carter, Derk Westermeyer, Jakob Lindsey
Advisor: Trevor Tollefsbol
Sponsoring Organization: T&D Program/Engineering Management
Liaison: Peter McKenny
While solar panels are a great source of eco-friendly energy, stationary panels do not take advantage of the total solar energy available. For this project, our team created a low-cost, solar tracking system that would optimize the solar energy collection throughout the day and record the accompanying data. Evaluating three different collection methods gave the means to compare the total energy collected versus consumed. We compared single axis, dual axis, and stationary designs. This design maximized the possible electrical output of a solar panel based off these different configurations.