P20482: Electrification of Rural Households
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A global problem in rural areas of poor countries is the reliability of electricity access. The electrification rate within the rural areas of Haiti is around 17%. Only 25% of people overall in Haiti have access to electricity, mainly in urban cities or more well-off homes. The approach to potentially scale out consistent and affordable energy services to the rural families of Haiti is by introducing Portable Power Systems. This system will bring rechargeable power sources to households located in Borgne, Haiti as an inexpensive electricity option. The long term goal of the project is to positively impact most of the poor rural communities in the country and elsewhere.

The Portable Power System (PPS) is a battery that is charged by a sustainable system in a central location. It can facilitate charging of in-home lighting and phone devices for a family for several days. The system would be durable enough to transport across rivers and the rugged terrain of Borgne. The PPS would be distributed to households that they can exchange for a new one once the power has been used up. With this system the users will not be responsible for charging the PPS or waiting for it to complete charging. A centralized charging station will be used as a hub for charging and swapping out each PPS using photo-voltaic solar panels as a renewable power source with minimal maintenance required.

Project Name
Portable Power Systems for Electrification of Rural Households
Project Number
P20482
Start Term
2191
End Term
2195
Faculty Guides
John Kaemmerlen and Oliver Miller
Primary Customer
Dr. Rob Stevens with The Sustainable Energy Lab
Sponsor (financial support)
RIT

Team Members

Top to Bottom: Jon Matyjas, Naia Scott, Daniel Yuen-Schat, Darian Byrd, Derek Freeman, Ryan Tandy, Amanda Reimer

Top to Bottom: Jon Matyjas, Naia Scott, Daniel Yuen-Schat, Darian Byrd, Derek Freeman, Ryan Tandy, Amanda Reimer

Member Role Contact
Derek Freeman Lead Computer Engineer df4764@rit.edu
Ryan Tandy Communication Lead rjt9070@rit.edu
Amanda Reimer Facilitator alr1326@rit.edu
Jon Matyjas Purchasing Manager jwm8355@rit.edu
Naia Scott Project Manager nas7481@rit.edu
Daniel Yuen-Schat Charging Station Design Lead dhy6350@rit.edu
Darian Byrd PPS Design Lead dab1060@rit.edu

Confluence

The team decided to use RIT Confluence to present our project. The link to our confluence page follows: https://wiki.rit.edu/display/P20482/Project+Overview

Work Breakdown: By Phase

MSD I & II MSD I MSD II

Planning & Execution

Project Photos and Videos

Imagine RIT

Gate Reviews

Problem Definition

Systems Design

Preliminary Detailed Design

Detailed Design

Build & Test Prep

Subsystem Build & Test

Integrated System Build & Test

Customer Handoff & Final Project Documentation (Verification & Validation)

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