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Second Semester Design Review Presentation - March 2011
First Semester Design Review Presentation - November 2010

Interim Design Report - December 2010

 

Future Work

Electrical Design

  Following our heating design will be the emphasis of our second semester work: the design of sustainable electricity production and a demonstration model.  We have identified two feasible methods of electricity production, wind turbines and solar panels, each of which has several design options to consider.  The design will produce all the electricity required by the facility and will use the grid as storage during the summer months when electricity production exceeds demand and will draw electricity from the grid during the winter months when demand exceeds production.  We will use past energy bills to estimate the required yearly electrical demand and include the expected savings due to replacing electrical heaters with a heat pump.

  Our initial research has indicated that, at the scale of production we are considering, solar panels will be much more economical, reliable, and easier to install than wind turbines, and is also consistent with our client’s expectation.  As we expect our design will require a large monetary investment, we are planning for our design to have stages, which could be easily implemented and added to the existing system as funds become available. 

Educational Demonstration

  Finally, we will construct a model demonstrating fundamentals of sustainable energy production, including an educational pamphlet.  The extent of our model, and whether it will be functional on a significant scale, will depend on our client’s preferences and available funds.  Options that we have considered include an active solar heating system for the studio, a wind or mechanically powered pump, and a small scale solar grid-tied system.  The demonstration should be educational and clearly explain the fundamentals of some aspect involved in sustainable energy production.  It should inspire individuals to consider adopting sustainable energy in their own homes, which is critical for the future health of our environment and the world.  We expect to accomplish this by the third week in April, allowing time for the design expo and final report.

 

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PRoject Flowchart

Budget

The total cost of this heating/cooling system is estimated to be approximately $50,000. 
This value includes the following aspects:

Equipment
- 2 Heat Pumps
- Distribution System (Ductwork)
- Ground Pipes
Excavation
Labor

Fork Refrigeration quote*
*excluding excavation