Title

Mobile Solar

Lead Author Major

Electrical Engineering

Lead Author Status

Senior

Second Author Major

Engineering Physics

Second Author Status

Senior

Third Author Major

Electrical Engineering

Third Author Status

Senior

Format

SOECS Senior Project Demonstration

Faculty Mentor Name

Cherian Mathews

Faculty Mentor Email

cmathews@pacific.edu

Faculty Mentor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Additional Faculty Mentor Name

David Mueller

Additional Faculty Mentor Email

dmueller@pacific.edu

Additional Faculty Mentor Department

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Additional Faculty Mentor Name

Jeremy Hanlon

Additional Faculty Mentor Email

jhanlon@pacific.edu

Additional Faculty Mentor Department

Technological Innovation and Entrepreneurship Program

Abstract/Artist Statement

Smartphones have become an integral part of society in today’s world. With users charging their phones once per day or even more often, this project provides a sustainable charging alternative to traditional wall chargers. The Mobile Solar will allow users to wirelessly charge their phones with solar energy. The user will adjust the angle of the solar panel during a given season with respect to the horizon while the device will rotate the panel about its vertical axis to ensure maximum solar irradiation as the sun moves across the sky each day. The final device will be able to wirelessly charge smartphones within 3-4 hours. In addition, a phone can be charged with internal batteries when sunlight is not available.

The device was designed with a focus on sustainability and being an entirely self-contained product. The design relies solely on irradiation energy from the Sun and is built out of responsibly-sourced wood to reduce the carbon footprint of the product over its entire lifetime. Operation of the device only requires simple interaction from the user and can be stored in a compact form that protects the solar panel and allows for easy transportation.

Location

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Start Date

5-5-2018 3:30 PM

End Date

5-5-2018 4:30 PM

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May 5th, 3:30 PM May 5th, 4:30 PM

Mobile Solar

School of Engineering & Computer Science

Smartphones have become an integral part of society in today’s world. With users charging their phones once per day or even more often, this project provides a sustainable charging alternative to traditional wall chargers. The Mobile Solar will allow users to wirelessly charge their phones with solar energy. The user will adjust the angle of the solar panel during a given season with respect to the horizon while the device will rotate the panel about its vertical axis to ensure maximum solar irradiation as the sun moves across the sky each day. The final device will be able to wirelessly charge smartphones within 3-4 hours. In addition, a phone can be charged with internal batteries when sunlight is not available.

The device was designed with a focus on sustainability and being an entirely self-contained product. The design relies solely on irradiation energy from the Sun and is built out of responsibly-sourced wood to reduce the carbon footprint of the product over its entire lifetime. Operation of the device only requires simple interaction from the user and can be stored in a compact form that protects the solar panel and allows for easy transportation.