The Lonely Protons' goal for this project is to provide Laurel Tree Charter School with an energy monitoring system that shows energy consumption in a way that was both interesting and understandable to students of all ages.
Introduction[edit | edit source]
The Lonely Protons is a group of two Cal Poly Humboldt Environmental Resources Engineering students in the Fall 2012 ENGR 215 design class. Our design project is to create a way for the students and faculty of Laurel Tree Charter School to be able to visually see their energy consumption at the school in a way that is understandable to students of all ages (K-12.) The solution decided upon by the Lonely Protons and Laurel Tree is to use a combination of arduinos and an intuitive optical colored display to express energy usage. Energy usage data will be obtained at the building source (breaker box) and sent to a micro-controller that will then use a color changing light source to illuminate a quartz crystal with colored light, thus indicating energy usage based on color.
Problem Statement and Criteria[edit | edit source]
The students of Laurel Tree Charter School had no clear means of monitoring their electrical usage.
|Safety||97||The project will be in a school; it is of utmost importance that it is safe, and that malfunctions or general operation not be harmful to students or physical items.|
|Show Energy in Interesting Way||90||It was determined that the project had to be visually interesting, or it wouldn't be utilized as much as desired.|
|Understandable By All Ages||83||The project also had to indicate energy usage in a way that anyone of school age could understand.|
|Achievable Within Allotted Time-frame||77||The alternative solutions developed showed The Lonely Protons that feasibility of the project was also important; if the project was not finish-able in the time frame allotted, the goal would not be met.|
|Durability and Maintenance||57||The Lonely Protons want the project to last for at least five years, and for any general maintenance to be perform-able by anyone with general knowledge and ability to follow directions given by the Lonely Protons.|
|Cost||17||Cost was listed as a low priority as The Lonely Protons could not exceed budget even if desired; however, time spent fundraising would distract from time spent on research and construction.|
Final Project[edit | edit source]
Costs[edit | edit source]
|Nanode v5 Kit||$39.99|
|emonTx 433Mhz kit||$47.00|
|JeeLabs RFM12B Board||$21.95|
|Fiber Optic Line||$26.00|
|Electrical Wall Housing||$3.99|
|Fishing Wire 8lb Test||$2.69|
|2 USB Cables||Donated|
Discussion and Next Steps[edit | edit source]
The Lonely Protons[edit | edit source]
Team Members[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Norton, Josiah. (2012) "JosiahNortonACAD4.png" Nov. 12, 2012.