Faculty Advisor

Higgins, Lorraine D.

Faculty Advisor

Davis, Lindsay Greer

Abstract

Transitioning to alternative energy can help the environment and lower energy bills, but the process can be complicated, and the up-front costs can be high for individual homeowners. In collaboration with the Australian Energy Foundation, our team worked with residents of Halpin Street in Brunswick West, VIC, investigating the path they might take and the options they might consider in setting up a neighborhood microgrid. Through the literature review, interviews with local companies and residents, and solar mapping software, we identified the best options for energy generation, storage, monitoring systems, and AC/DC inverters, sharing our recommendations with residents and outlining our process so other neighborhoods might work together to pursue this path.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

2019-12-10

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Humanities and Arts

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