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“The material covered in LSSU's engineering program provided me a solid foundation for graduate studies. The systematic approach and communication skills needed to tackle engineering projects were taught and then practiced over and over again. In particular I appreciate the many hours spent by the faculty to develop oral presentation skills in each student. As a graduate student now, these skills have proven to be highly beneficial and, to my surprise, obviously not taught to the same extent at many other universities.”

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Senior Projects 2010-2011

 

ISI

Team ISS

Innovative Solar Solutions

ISS panels picture ISS team group picture

Members:

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

Faculty Advisor:

  • Dr. Paul Weber

Company:

  • 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.

Links to the 2010-2011 Teams:

 

Mechanical Engineering, minor in Mathematics

Kevin Lidbeck Kingsford, MI

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