Course: 22.521 – Solar Fundamentals
Semester: Fall 2006
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment Project – Yanacaca, Peru
The goal of this student miniproject was to provide an opportunity to apply theory and tools of convective processes to an actual system design intended to assist a remote village in Peru by evaluating the optimal orientation of a photovoltaic array used to be used for charging storage batteries and pumping water. Each year for the last five years one or more remote village in Peru is assisted with a new solar water system provided the UMASS Lowell Village Empowerment Project. Students have helped to install over 80 systems for water, communication, laptops, medical devices, lighting in 42 villages and towns. Yanacaca was selected this year to the next town to have the solar water system installation.
The overall goal of this miniproject was to provide students with a chance to apply the theory and tools of solar engineering to an actual system and an opportunity to help communities, local and remote. This was a service-learning project in which academic goals are met along with real community needs. The learning objectives included in addition to developing skills in meeting the technical objectives, evaluating in part the potential sociological impact of solar technology on the community resulting from student participation in this project as a "citizen of the world."
The technical objectives include: