The SolSource 3-in-1: A Comprehensive Decentralized Solar Energy PlatformEPA Grant Number: SU834292
Title: The SolSource 3-in-1: A Comprehensive Decentralized Solar Energy Platform
Investigators: Flynn, Nolan Thomas , Ezzati, Majid , Frank, Scot G. , Powers, Catlin Ishihara , Qian, Amy
Current Investigators: Spengler, John D. , Amatya, Reja , Ezzati, Majid , Frank, Scot G. , Jia, Huaze , Kulper, Sloan , Powers, Catlin Ishihara , Qian, Amy , Ram, Rajeev , Tai, Xiamao , Wilson, David Gordon , Yang, Xudong , Zhang, Wendi
Institution: Wellesley College
EPA Project Officer: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Project Period: August 15, 2009 through August 1, 2010
Project Amount: $10,000
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2009) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: P3 Awards , Sustainability , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Challenge Area - Energy , P3 Challenge Area - Information Technology
For the past three years, we have worked with villagers in China and India to design the SolSource 3-in-1, a novel device that harnesses solar-thermal energy for cooking, heating, and electricity generation.
Our objective is to develop a comprehensive, decentralized solar energy platform applicable within both rural and urban contexts in the Himalayan region and beyond.
Several generations of prototypes have been constructed and field-tested (supported by the MIT IDEAS Competition, Yunus Innovation Award, and Clinton Global Initiative). A stronger, more efficient, and more portable generation of the device will be built taking into account the results of initial field-tests. The mechanical performance of this system will be evaluated in the Himalayan region, under some of the most adverse ambient temperature and wind conditions available. Simultaneous with field testing, a monitoring system will be developed to gather quantitative data concerning the impact of device implementation on indoor air pollution exposures in this region.
In rural communities, the SolSource 3-in-1 has the potential to abate indoor air pollution, mitigate regional climate change impact, increase household income, improve gender equality, and reduce land-use conflict. In urban areas, the SolSource 3-in-1 has the potential to offer families a cheap supplementary electricity source, a complete camping energy suite, or just a clean method of backyard barbequing.