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Weekly Team Update

On the week of 10/17/18, the Solar Canopy continued to discuss the improvements of the current solar panel mount. Currently, all members are working on concept model ideas, as well as methods on how to fix the solar panel mount to the guideway. Seeing as that the guideway is not a solid block, the mount would have to be fixed on two opposite ends and would make the design to be aware of this, because it cannot have too much stress in a spot where it is not properly loaded. Specifications from the guideway team are coming soon, before next week's meeting. Energy requirements from the wayside team have also been changed from 340 Kilojoules to 450 Kilojoules, pushing us to be more conscience about having more solar panels on our design. If we have too many panels on the design, it will not fit or it will be too angular for design, but if we have too little, we will not meet the energy requirement in a reasonable time frame, seeing as that the average panel delivers only 60 Watts. Thi…

Weekly Team Update

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For the week of 10/10/18 the Solar Canopy team discussed more ideas and tasks that can be added to the Gantt chart. The Solar Canopy team also observed a "prototype" sketch of a canopy on SolidWorks with existing parameters and specifications. The Solar Canopy team touched bases with related sub-teams to make sure we are on the same page. In addition to all of this, the Solar Canopy team will be preparing for the second presentation that will happen on 10/24.

Current Design Canopy Mount
Functional Specifications:
Canopy Width: 6m
Guideway Span Length: 3m
Solar Module: 1m x 1.6m x 1m
Estimated Weight for aluminum mount: 44.5 kg - 222.4 kg
Estimated Cost for system max: $600-$700
Energy needed by panels (still work in progress with wayside team): 340 KJ
Still currently working on specs with Guideway team, but we have a couple of specifications for the whole support system

10/8/18-10/12/18

Weekly Team Update

For the week of 10/3/18 our team met with Professor Furman and Ron Swenson to discuss some ideas on how to further develop the design of the solar canopy. We also spoke to Brad Diaz who is also interested in helping out with the progress of our project. Thanks to this meeting we now have several parameters on which we can work on and a better vision of what our end product might look like.

10/1/18-10/5/18

Weekly Team Update

This week Francisco, Jordan and I agreed to create a spreadsheet of weekly objectives for us to work towards and complete in order to be more organized. As of now, we will continue to research more about available products that can help with our project. Lastly, we are working on the presentation that we are to give the next time Spartan Superway meets collectively.

9/16/18-9/21/18

Weekly Team Update

This week we completed our first presentation and are now focusing on creating drawings to solidify our design ideas. We are also in the works of gathering costs so that it will be easier acquiring funding down the road. Finally, we are learning more about the progress the Wayside Power team is making in order to come up with a great exhibit for the Maker Faire coming up in May. Some mentor critique focused on how we like to skip ahead in the design phase without thinking about the small steps it takes to build up a design. We are addressing this by taking this project one step at a time, not rushing anything. We are also improving our gantt chart so that all the team members are aware of what phase in the project we are in.

Presentation #1 Link: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/15ov0z4fZ3PJH2Kt9n6kuQlbcacMyu-jgc9lEJPyahTM/edit?usp=sharing



9/24/18-9/28/18

Weekly Team Update

This week, Francisco, Jordan and I met to discuss the next steps of our project. As of now, we have proper information and correct dates from the new syllabus. We divided up duties between individuals. This does not mean we are individually completely responsible for our parts, we will help each other out and work as a team. We continuously communicate with each other via Google Hangouts to keep updated with current issues, dates, etc.

9/10/18-9/14/18

Weekly Team Update

Current progress so far is that we are in the proposal stage, gearing up to start acquiring modeling software to perform necessary analysis on our current design to seek improvements and alterations. We have acquired contacts for Battery University students and faculty to start working with them on a potential solar energy capture system. Finally, we are working with Tynan from the Full-Scale Wayside Power Team to acquire funding and sponsors for the project.

9/3/18-9/7/18