EE students win Santee Cooper solar design competition
Three University of South Carolina electrical engineering students recently won a solar design competition hosted by Santee Cooper. The competition was open to more than 40 academic institutions throughout SouthCarolina. The competition sought creative, yet practical, ways to expand the development of solar power in South Carolina.
Students Michael Griesi, Sarah Craft, and Lindsay Winburn, lead by faculty advisor Dr. MVS Chandrashekhar, submitted an entry titled "Proposal for Three-Dimensional Solar Panel Configuration." The entry applied mathematics, geometry, physics and electrical knowledge toward the design of a photovoltaic systemthat uses solar panels of varying angles and sizes to take advantage of thesun's orientation, and better respond to the fluctuations of energy demand,throughout the day.
USC's Electrical Engineering Department was awarded $5,000 for its first-place submission.
"What was especially impressive about this team's submission was the students were also addressing a fundamental challenge to power providers. Energy demand is never constant, and electric utilities must be equipped to respond to thesefluctuations as dictated by the daily cycles of our customer activity," said Marc Tye, senior vice president of customer service of Santee Cooper.
Santee Cooper is South Carolina’s largest power producer, the largest Green Power generator and the ultimate source of electricity for 2 million peopleacross the state.
Pictured left to right: Lindsay Winburn, Dr. MVS ("Chandra") Chandrashekhar, Michael Griesi, Sarah Johnnie Craft
14 June 2013