P08422: Transpired Solar Wall


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Project Overview


The Rochester Institute of Technology's large energy usage stems from its obsolete technologies used. A transpired solar collector wall can be used to preheat ventilation air. With the use of perforated collector panels installed several inches from a south facing wall, creating an air cavity, the metal is heated by the solar radiation from the sun. Several ventilation fans located at the top of the wall create negative pressure in the cavity, thus drawing in the solar heated air through the panel perforations. Due to the fact that this technology can be connected directly to the existing HVAC system, it allows air to be preheated before entering the air handler, ultimately reducing the load on the conventional heater. This seems to be a money saving strategy that will eliminate inefficiencies in the HVAC system at this institution.

Administrative Information

Project Name
Transpired Solar Collector Wall
Project Number
Project Family
Sustainable Technologies for the RIT Campus
Sustainable Products, Systems, and Technologies Track
Start Term
End Term
Faculty Guide
Dr. Robert Stevens (Mechanical Engineering)
Faculty Consultant
Primary Customer
RIT Facilities Management Services
Customer contact information
Cathy Ahern
Senior Mechanical Engineer
clafms@rit.edu, (585)475-7032
Facilities Management Services
Building 99
120 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623

Team Documents


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Helpful Websites



Mission Statement

Staffing Requirements

Intellectual Property Considerations

Preliminary Work Breakdown Structure

Team Values and Norms

Grading and Assessment Scheme

Required Resources

Concept Development

Identify Customer Needs

Establish Target Specifications

Generate Product Concepts

Select Product Concept(s)

Test Product Concept(s)

Set Final Specifications

System Level Design

Product Architecture

Detail Design

Design for Manufacturing and Assembly

Robust Design

Design for the Environment and Sustainability

Design for Reliability

Design for Safety

Testing and Refinement


Published Documents

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Concept Design Review Documents (SD I)

Detailed Design Review Documents (SD I)

Managerial Design Review Presentation (SD I)

Technical Conference Publication (SD II)

Poster Publication (SD II)

Managerial Design Review Presentation (SD II)

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