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Solar Powered Motor

Our project consists of developing a motor drive to operate an AC induction motor from DC solar power. Our system will automatically control the speed of the induction motor. We will control the speed of the motor to ensure that the power consumed by the motor doesn't exceed the power supplied by the solar panels. This will prevent the motor from stalling and prevent damage to components in the motor and the drive. In addition, we will monitor the operation of our system for adverse conditions and will implement a safe shut down method in the event of a fault. The target consumers of our design include communities that suffer from energy poverty. As a result, our team has entered our design into the IEEE Empower a Billion Lives competition.

Team Members: 

Vamsi Ghorakavi

Coltin Morgan

Richard Rangel-Lopez

Matt Tawil

Indy Vermeersch