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55 Solar Powered Rechargeable Battery Pack with Controllable Voltage Output
Zhuohang Cheng
Zihao Zhang
Bryce Smith design_review
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Team Members:

Zhuohang Cheng (zcheng14)

Zihao Zhang (zzhng130)

Project Description:
This project involves a rechargeable battery pack with following features:
1. Will have a solar panel as power source which can constantly provide dc power to the battery pack when the user is doing outdoor activities.
2. Can also be charged by the power grid with 110V.
3. Can discharge AC or DC power with adjustable voltage level, from 5V to 25V DC, and from 20V to 120V AC.
4. Will have battery management system to indicate the voltage level, output current and charge/discharge condition.

Project Uniqueness:
The rechargeable battery packs are not user-friendly today. Most of them can only output one voltage level, and users need to buy extra voltage converter to fit their device. We would like our battery to output adjustable voltage level which could satisfy every device for our users. Also, it can provide constant power in daytime without concerns of out of battery.

Project Requirements:
For this project, we need to build a storage battery pack using several parallel-connected rechargeable batteries. Converters and inverters will be needed to regulate the input and output voltage. A portable box with surface-mounted solar panel provides the flexibility of outdoor activities. To monitor and control the discharging process, a microcontroller with display screen will be necessary for user interaction.

RFI Detector

Jamie Brunskill, Tyler Shaw, Kyle Stevens

RFI Detector

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Problem Statement:

Radio frequency interference from cell phones disrupts measurements at the radio observatory in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. Many visitors do not comply when asked to turn their phones off or put them in airplane mode.

Description:

We are planning to design a handheld device that will be able to detect radio frequency interference from cell phones from approximately one meter away. This will allow someone to determine if a phone has been turned off or is in airplane mode.

The device will feature an RF front end consisting of antennas, filters, and matching networks. Multiple receiver chains may be used for different bands if necessary. They will feed into a detection circuit that will determine if the power within a given band is above a certain threshold. This information will be sent to a microcontroller that will provide visual/audible user feedback.

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