Redefining the Classroom

School of Engineering

Senior Projects 2010-2011



Team ISS

Innovative Solar Solutions

ISS panels picture ISS team group picture


  • Ken Casperson
  • Chris Fill
  • Mike Gearing
  • Ray Greensky
  • Kevin Lidbeck

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. Paul Weber


  • 3M

Industrial Contact:

  • Mr. Tim Hebrink

Project Description: Robotics System Integration

Team ISS designed, constructed, and tested a new prototype Concentrated Photovoltaic (CPV) array, based on a patent held by 3M, and developed by their Corporate Research Process Lab. The prototype uses stationary PV panels and articulated mirror panels to achieve an increased concentration of sunlight upon the PV panels. This enables the system to generate nearly equivalent power to conventional photovoltaic arrays while using fewer actual PV panels, commonly the most expensive part of any solar array. The team’s solar power conversion solution is potentially more cost-efficient than currently available technology, and demonstrates the successful application of the new 3M brand Cool Mirror Film to prove its usefulness to potential customers.

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