Here are some of the cool projects that UBC Sustaingineering has developed or is currently working on. Tune up for updates!
GSM Monitoring project
UBC Sustaingineering is working in partnership with ENICALSA (Renewable solutions company in Nicaragua) to design and develop a GSM monitoring system for solar pumps. There are currently 30 solar pumps systems installed in Nicaragua's country side whose functioning is currently being monitored by ENICALSA's team in person. The team is developing a device that sensors crucial conditions of the solar panels and pumps such as the temperature, voltage/current, water pressure, among other aspects, and transmits this data through GSM/3G to a central base for its monitoring.
Maximum power point tracking (MPPT) is the technique of controlling the solar panel's output using sensors and control algorithms to ensure maximum power is drawn from the solar cells. The MPPT project at Sustaingineering is to implement a MPPT controller at a small scale. Our primary goal is to keep costs at a minimum while designing a controller and algorithm that will be appropriate for smaller solar panels. Once the project is complete, we will be able to help out off grid communities with essentials uses such as USB charging, LED lighting, and other useful low power applications.