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Project Summary

Project Information

Our Problem

There is a need across the world for reliable, mobile power that is not dependent on an electrical grid. In 2017 and 2018, a solar-powered cart was developed for use in Columbia in order to provide reliable power to a 3D printer in an area with an unstable power grid. However, upon implementation, it was found that the scope of the project could be expanded to encompass multiple applications, leading to a need for a collapsible, mobile power system that could seamlessly switch between power sources.

The goals of this project are to develop a solution and identify opportunities to switch between multiple power sources seamlessly, be portable and compact, improve reliability and ease of use, disassembly, and transport, and fail gracefully without power. The expected result is a functional prototype with a user manual, setup and teardown instructions, and a field test plan to be used in Columbia.

Project Title: SparkCart

Project Number: P20462

Project Family: Sustainable Technologies for the Global Marketplace

Start Term: 2019 Fall

End Term: 2020 Spring

Faculty Guide: William Nowak, wjnddm@rit.edu

Primary Customer(s): Marcos Esterman, mxeeie@rit.edu

Alvaro Rojas,

Sponsor (financial support): Marcos Esterman, Bill Hard Fund, RIT Global

Team Members

Pictured from left to right: Konstantinos Konstas, Andrew Rearson, Arden Bonzo, Darcy DeAngelis, Liliana Benzer, Suyu Wang

MemberMajorRoleContact
Liliana BenzerElectrical Engineer

Facilitator, Webpage Coordinator

nrb2713@rit.edu
Arden BonzoIndustrial Engineer

Project Manager, Communications

aeb2973@rit.edu
Darcy DeAngelis Mechanical Engineer

Purchasing, Webpage Coordinator

dld7933@rit.edu
Konstantinos KonstasComputer Engineer

Lead Computer Engineer

kpk1359@rit.edu
Andrew RearsonMechanical Engineer

Engineer

amr8659@rit.edu
Suyu WangElectrical Engineer

Engineer

sxw7239@rit.edu

Work Breakdown: By Phase

Work Breakdown: By Topic

Project Management

Design Tools

Design Documentation

Implementation

Validation

Presentation & Dissemination

PRP

Requirements

Schedule

Cost

Risk Management

Problem Management

Communication & Minutes

Use Cases

Benchmarking

Functional Decomposition

Morphological Chart

Pugh Concept Selection

BOM

Mechanical Drawings

Electrical Schematics

Software Diagrams

Facility Layout

Manuals

Mockups

Test Fixtures

Prototyping

Test Plans

Analysis Results

Simulations

Test Results

Design Review Documents

Technical Paper

Poster

Imagine RIT Exhibit

Acknowledgements

A huge thanks to Dr. Marcos Esterman, Dr. Alvaro Rojas Arciniegas, and Francisco Mercado, as well as RIT and UAO.

Thanks to our sponsers, the Bill Hard Fund and RIT Global



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