MAY 20, 2013 – A team of students and faculty members led by Dr. Bill Diong, associate professor of electrical engineering, and Prof. Scott Tippens of electrical and computer engineering technology have developed a new type of solar panel. Also assisting with the project are Dr. Simin Nasseri, associate professor of mechanical engineering technology, and Dr. Mohammed Mayeed, assistant professor of mechanical engineering.
As part of the first phase of the Environmental Protection Agency’s P3 – People, Prosperity and the Planet – program, the group has designed a passive sun-tracking device that increases solar energy capture by at least 25 percent. In April, the device was displayed at the 2013 National Sustainable Design Expo held in Washington, D.C. (see photo).
The EPA awarded the team $15,000 to design and demonstrate a proof-of-concept prototype in phase one of the P3 program. If selected to continue in phase two, the group will receive an award of up to $90,000 to work with industry partners on creating a real-world commercial product.
To see the device in action, go to http://podcasting.gcsu.edu/4DCGI/Podcasting/spsu/Episodes/10427/486822636.mp4