Open Source / Open Architecture Modular Sustainable Energy System
The mission of the Sustainable Energy System family of projects is to develop interchangeable, scalable, and sustainable technological solutions for the core functions of energy consumption, within an open environment. The objective is:
- To substantially improve the quality of daily life
- Reduce energy usage costs to the end-user
- Utilize both existing and developed technologies that can be integrated by subsequent design teams
This SiteThis site is dedicated to developing a road map to accomplish the above mission statement by applying a systematic approach to project identification and laying a foundation for subsequent Senior Design projects. Senior Design projects that are executed under this family of projects will contribute to the three incremental phases of creating a sustainable energy system. The site is open architecture and open source to enable subsequent students to influence the ultimate vision of the family of projects.
Senior Design Student InvolvementThis first phase of the family is to focus on a 100 Watt SES, with a goal of having an initial demonstration complete by May 1, 2011, and a second generation, capable of sustainable output for one month, demonstrated by May 1, 2012. The second phase will demonstrate a 1,000 Watt SES first generation concept, and the third phase will demonstrate a 10,000 Watt SES concept.
How much power is 100W? An overview of energy, how it can be measured, and its perspective within this family of projects.
The mission of each student team contributing to this project family is to develop or enhance a particular subsystem for the Sustainable Energy System, and provide complete documentation of the analysis, design, manufacturing, fabrication, test, and evaluation of each subsystem to a level of detail that a subsequent teams can build upon their work with no more than one week of background research. Expectations for participation within the team should be based on the Team Values and Norms document created by the roadmap team.
Potential projects will be based around developing technologies to satisfy one or more of the six core functions of energy consumption as depicted in the image above. As the image suggests, each of the funtions are interrelated, and critical to the successful implementation of a sustainabl energy system. The coordination and adherence to interface specifications, between functional areas, is one major challenge within this family of projects.
The next section provides a detailed description of the process used to identify potential senior design projects, with the ultimate goal of fulfilling the family mission statement and meeting the objectives of demonstrating capability for the three phases of the project.
Sustainable Energy System Technology Development RoadmapDesign Project Management teams developed a Family Roadmap using the tools defined within the course. In general, the process involves:
- Identifying Stakeholders and Performing a Needs Assessment
- Identifying Benchmarks
- Determining Constraints
- Formulating the Mission Statement
- Evaluating the Voice of the Customer
- Determining the Voice of the Engineer
- Building the House Of Quality
- Identifying Technology Solutions to Meet Customer Needs
- Developing the Family Roadmap
- Creating Unique Project Readiness Packages to Progress the Family Roadmap
The headings below include greater detail regarding the family road map development process.
Project Goals and Constraints
- Our Mission Statement outlines our primary objective and purpose for this project.
- A list of Constraints (economic, environmental, social, political, ethical, health and safety, manufacturability, intellectual property, and sustainability) that effect the design and producablitity of the product.
- List of Benchmarks, including past Senior Design projects as well as projects external to RIT
- List of Stakeholders and Agendas for each Stakeholder interview. The Stakeholders page also contains links to the raw data collected in each interview
Organization of the Customer Needs
- Affinity Diagrams - An organized view of all the information gathered during background research and stakeholder interviews. Used to see common needs from different stakeholders and the reasons for those particular needs.
- Objective Tree - A hierarchical representation of the customer needs which starts with information from the Affinity Diagram, groups common needs together and culminates with the Mission Statement of the project.
- Voice of the Customer - A list of measurable customer needs ranked by level of importance based on the information gathered.
Formulation of Product Functions
- Function Tree - Defines the 6 different modules that comprise the SES family of projects and outlines the functions that must be performed by each module.
- Function Interfaces - Outlines the module interfaces to allow for seamless integration of all the product components.
- Voice of the Engineer - A list of measurable engineering metrics related to each of the functions outlined in the Function Tree. These are the specifications used to evaluate potential products.
- House of Quality - Relates the Voice of the Customer to the Voice of the Engineer to clearly portray how the engineering specifications will achieve the customer needs.
Development of Various Potential Projects
- Family Roadmap - Timeline of projects in the 6 core functions that will eventually be developed into the full Sustainable Energy System. This page also contains the Project Readiness Packages (PRP's) that MSD1 projects are based around.
- Morphological Chart - A chart that takes the information from the Technologies page (below) and creates a suggested means for accomplishing the 6 core functions of sustainable energy.
- Function Tradeoffs - Lists recognized linkages between roadmap families outside of the SES roadmap. These interfaces are important to recognize as groups pursue their MSD projects since one project within a roadmap may be the customer or supplier to another project within another roadmap.
Additional Project Information
- Comprehensive Resource List - Outlines key people and organizations as well as useful links
- Waste Energy Sources - Covers a number of sources of waste energy
- Technologies - A list of technologies that could be considered part of this family of projects
- Helpful Hints - Information we wish we could have found from previous Senior Design teams, as well as lessons that we learned and would like to share.
|Faculty and Staff||DPM Spring 2009-3||DPM Fall 2010-3|
Mr. Gerry Garavuso
|PART I - Customer Needs Assessment||PART II - Roadmap System Architecture||PART III - Individual Project Readiness Packages|
Individual Project Readiness Packages
|Project Summary||Project Information|
"The mission of the Sustainable Energy System family of projects is to develop interchangeable, scalable, and sustainable technological solutions for the core functions of energy consumption, within an open environment. The objective is to substantially improve the quality of daily life and reduce energy usage costs to the end-user, as well as utilize both existing and developed technologies that can be integrated by subsequent design teams."
This first phase of the family is to focus on a 100 Watt SES, with a goal of having a first draft demonstration complete by May 1, 2011, and a second generation system demonstrated by May 1, 2012. The second phase will demonstrate a 1,000 Watt SES first generation concept, and the third phase will demonstrate a 10,000 Watt SES concept.
The mission of each student team contributing to this project family is to develop or enhance a particular subsystem for the Sustainable Energy System, and provide complete documentation of the analysis, design, manufacturing, fabrication, test, and evaluation of each subsystem to a level of detail that a subsequent team can build upon their work with no more than one week of background research."
Home | Mission Statement | Constraints | Benchmarks | Stakeholders | Affinity Diagrams | Objective Tree | Voice of the Customer | Function Tree | Function Interfaces | Voice of the Engineer | House of Quality | Family Roadmap | Team Values and Norms | Function Tradeoffs | Morphological Chart