The window generates enough electricity to power a control center, motor, and to communicate wirelessly with sensors, smart phones, and/or tablets. It can be preprogrammed to automatically open and close windows based upon sensory data, using the natural behavior of Mother Nature to cool and heat your home. The window bases its decisions upon feedback from an array of environmental sensors, and can also communicate with other smart windows in your home to operate as a synergistic team. This localized power generating product provides zero-emission heating and cooling assistance and is bringing smart homes one step closer to reality and affordability.
The Smart Solar Window is an ongoing project of an interdisciplinary team of UW and WWU students and faculty advisors. This team has been awarded research funding for further development from private and governmental organizations including: the Environmental Protection Agency (People Prosperity Planet (P3) competition), the UW (Environmental Innovation Challenge), and the Northwest Innovation Resource Center (Sustainability Challenge). The team is currently developing the product and looks forward to bringing it to market in the coming years.
Adam collaborated with fellow 2015 EET graduate James Kintzele to develop the electronics and wireless communications of the Smart Solar Window, which was the 3rd fully functioning energy generating window using the LSC technology. These prototypes included hardware and software design work, keeping energy efficiency and low power consumption in the forefront af all engineering decisions. Software development included C programming using the Cypress Programmable System on Chip (PSoC) Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) microcontroller and also JAVA programming with the Android Studio Integrated Development Environment (IDE) for designing the smartphone app. Hardware development included surface mount printed circuit board (PCB) design and implementation, a maximum power point tracking (MPPT) battery charge controller, I2C barometric pressure and temperature sensor utilization, an H-Bridge, a DC motor, numerous stages of buck/boost voltage regulation, current, and voltage sensing circuitry.
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