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Monthly Update 9 - March 2018

Mar 18, 2018

With the symposium coming up we are finishing up our final stages of prototyping. We would love for you to come see us! We are presenting from 1-5 pm, at DC in the University of Waterloo.

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Monthly Update 8 - March 2018

Mar 10, 2018

The day is finally here, our team made the long journey to Toronto to compete in Toronto's Hult Prize Regional Finals, at York University. We are very excited to be representing the University of Waterloo at this international event. Although we did not win in the end, we were extremely pleased with the feedback we received and the advice from all the judges and participants. Congratulations to the team from the University of Guadalajara on their win! Best of luck in the finals!

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Monthly Update 7 - March 2018

Mar 2, 2018

Our PCB's have arrived! We've got our solar panel module, lithium polymer battery and peer-to-peer energy sharing cards complete and tested with the motherboard. Next up is to test with multiple nodes and our distributed energy sharing algorithms. Having the the real-time algorithms not depend on communication with neighbors will be critical to a robust, fault free system. If we're testing you might be able to watch it live at the link below!

 
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Monthly Update 6 - Feb 2018

Feb 14, 2018

With the core concepts of the electronics proven we've begun integrating the separate system systems together. Shown in the image to the left is the first prototype of a single node. The flexible card system we've developed lets users customize their nodes to their exact needs, without wasting money.  This also means we can scale and grow as the users needs change. Learn more about one of the key circuits in our design below:

 
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Monthly Update 5 - Feb 2018

Feb 2, 2018

Trying to reduce product costs often comes down to using cheaper components.  Unfortunately, as is often the case, using a cheaper part gives worse results. The graph on the left shows real data from us controlling the sharing between two nodes. On its own the sensors are far too noisy to provide reliable measurements for our control systems, and as you can see will waste energy unnecessarily. However using more advanced control techniques and filters such as a Kalman Filter, we can dramatically improve the performance. 

 
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Monthly Update 4 - Jan 2018

Jan 24, 2017

The mechanical enclosure was designed with simplicity at the forefront. Our goal is to make it possible to be manufactured locally in Tanzania. In addition, it must be able to survive a exposure to the elements for years on end. 

 
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Monthly Update 3 - Jan 2018

Jan 18, 2018

Our engineering team was able to complete proof of concept prototype of our electronics as well has MK1 of our mechanical design earlier this week. Additionally, we are proud to announce our pilot program in Oldeani, Tanzania!

 
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Monthly Update 2 - Dec 2017

Dec 3, 2017

We are pleased to announce that we placed third in Waterloo's Hult Prize competition. The Hult prize is an international competition where student teams work to tackle some of the world's biggest social problems, as indicated by the UN's sustainable development goals. This year's challenge is 'harnessing the power of energy to Improve the lives of millions". We believe that our system is able to transform the social and economic situations of families and communities, and we re excited to have shared our idea with the judges and the audience. We look forward to the Toronto Regional Finals in March. 

 
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Monthly Update 1 - Nov 2017

Nov 17, 2017

Today we picked up some solar panels from our corporate sponsor, SilFab Solar. SilFab is the largest and most advanced solar panel manufacturer in North America. Silfab has a unique Coorporate Social Development Program which encourages renewable, clean electricity generation. When we contacted their coorporate office about our idea, they were immediately excited and willing to hep us with their technology. Their panels will help us test our electronics and develop our energy solution.