Faculty Advisor

Savilonis, Brian James

Abstract

The purpose of the project was to provide electricity that was sufficient for powering lights and charging cell phones in rainy locations with limited electricity access. A household rainwater energy harvesting system was designed, prototyped, and tested to determine the feasibility of rainwater as a source of renewable energy. The system produced a power of 0.74 Watts and a 14.8% efficiency at 8 GPM. When scaled for a month with higher intensity of rainfall the current system could charge about 1.8 cell phones. This project proved the concept of a rainwater energy harvesting system. The system could be combined with a filtration system and holding tank to collect drinkable water so that the system serves a dual purpose for people with limited access to electricity and water.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2018

Major

Mechanical Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mechanical Engineering

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