Rayan Alsoby, Connor Barrett, Kyle Fitzgerald, Winton Parker, and Michael Pickett
Our goal is to make the library more sustainable and energy efficient. We attempted to determine a cost effective and simple plan to get the Gordon Library LEED certified by using five criteria that are used for the certification. By making the library LEED certified we hope it becomes an example for the WPI and Worcester community.
Frederick Burwardt, David Goodrich, Kevin Maynard, and Alexander Titus
The cost of electricity on Block Island is very expensive compared to the national average and brownouts are a regular occurrence because the island runs off of inefficient and environmentally harmful diesel engines.
Alessandra Chiaramonte, Natalie Diltz, Michael Inserra, and Hallie Kenyon
The Brayton Point Power Station in Somerset, Massachusetts will close in 2017, which will contribute to an energy shortage in the New England region.
Rebecca Dall'Orso, Sebastia Despuig Reid, Joshua Ledee, and Susan Ross
Being the fourth largest hydroelectric producers in the world the United States produces approximately seven percent of its total power from hydropower (USGS, 2012). Its life-span is 50- 100 years, much more than other renewable energy sources. However, in multiple areas there has been a severe decline in the population of the fish due to hydropower. The way that hydropower dams are constructed, it leaves very little options for fish to swim through the turbines without getting injured or killed. The goal of this project is to analyze the efficiency of these dams based on the turbines being implemented, as well as how well they cooperate with the environment.
Calvin Figuereo-Supraner, Adilet Issayev, Kyra McNamara, and Clara Merino
Our project identifies a potential solution to the harmful cooking method concern seen in Canindeyú, Paraguay. We recommend a new cookstove to ensure the safety of families and their environment, and outline steps that must be taken to successfully implement this improved technology.
Poster Presentation, People's Choice Winner (2014)
Sierra Fraioli, Matthew Lepine, Shao Zhou, and Zhehao Zhu
We Care Solar, a non-governmental organization, attempted to solve the issue of maternal mortality due to improper lighting in Sub-Saharan Africa with their solar suitcase. We analyzed the suitcase and found major complications with the battery, solar panels, and user manual. Our project seeks to resolve these complications. We propose to replace the lead-acid battery with a lithium-ion battery, implement more cost-effective solar panels which have non-stick coatings, and translate the manual for easier use by the local population.
Poster Presentation, Judge's Winner (2014)
Georges Gauthier, M. Paige Myatt, Aaron Pepin, and Johnny Ross
Our group values education and believes that everyone should have the ability to learn and improve themselves. 88% of people in Sierra Leone lack access to electricity, and face limited education and productivity as a result.  We have concluded that solar lighting is an affordable, reliable solution to this problem that can be integrated into rural communities in Sierra Leone
Nicholas Green, Seth Norton, and Ismael Nowick
This project proposes a solution to the lack of adequate heating and insulation, and to provide ways to counteract the high cost to heat one’s home, particularly for the students of Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) who live off campus in old apartment buildings. By using the students of WPI, we plan to implement our plan to raise awareness and save students money on their heating bill through distribution of door hangers with a link to our website, which contains more information on ways to conserve heat in your home
Mary Prescott, Jonathan Ross, Alessandra Torres, and Meghan Trahan
This project aims to address the problems of indoor air pollution (IAP) in Guatemala due to inefficient cooking methods. Currently, citizens use open fire as their main cooking method which can be hazardous to the households. We used background research on IAP and Guatemala to develop a stove design that decreases the levels of IAP yet is affordable and adaptable to the individual families we hope to help
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