Senior Projects 2013-2014
From left to right: Brandyn Everest, Apurv Shanker, Greg Balcom, Victor Duffrin, and Mitchell Paradis. Not pictured: Randi Sims*
Team SFI: Solar Film Innovations
- Greg Balcolm, ME
- Victor Duffrin, Mfg ET
- Brandyn Everest, ME
- Mitchell Paradis, EE
- Apurv Shanker, EE
- *Randi Sims, IT: cooperative education team member during Fall 2013 semester
- Dr. Jaskirat Sodhi
- Dr. Paul Weber
- 3M, Maplewood, Minn.
- Mr. Tim Hebrink
- Mr. Charles Dawley
Project Description: Team Solar Film Innovations (SFI) is tasked with the design, construction, and testing of two Building Integrated Photovoltaic (BIPV) systems. The fall design will be an improved system based on Team Heliotech’s, a 2012-2013 LSSU Senior Project team. This design will be tested at Lake Superior State University and then installed at Vermilion Point. The spring design will implement weight reduction and manufacturability improvements based on test results from the fall design. Both BIPV systems will utilize 3M Brand Prestige Window Film to allow visible light to pass through the unit, while reflecting near infrared light onto photovoltaic cells. 3M is sponsoring the spring design of the project and will receive the spring unit upon completion.
The major goal of the fall unit is to reduce the need for using the diesel generator at VermilionPoint due to thelocation’s lack of connection to the power grid. The major goal of the spring unit is to present 3M with a BIPV system they can possibly market utilizing their Prestige Window Film in the future.
SFI undertakes this project facing a stern budget, a need to collaborate with multiple industrial contacts, and possible weather challenges in the winter months.
Links to the 2013-14 Senior Project Teams: