Premium Power Corporation: Energy-based Proprietary Project

Bonnie Charles, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Jeffrey Gluckstein, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Anahita Karimi, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Jessie Lin, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering
Sylvia Schwartz, Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering

Abstract

Renewable energy is becoming more promising as a mainstream source of grid power, leading the Premium Power SCOPE team to investigate the possibility of bringing solar energy to Olin’s campus. Large-scale photovoltaic (PV) systems were examined, as well as large and small scale storage options, ancillary services and solar simulators. From this, the team concluded that large-scale PV and storage are not considered economical for Olin at this point in time. In addition, the team found that there was not sufficient knowledge or experience with PV on campus, and that providing a small-scale educational set-up would be valuable. To address this issue, the team designed and built a 440W, 4-panel solar array on campus as a demonstration and resource for future student projects.