James A. Brewer, Chigozie C. Ezenagu, William J. Schwarze, Ying Xu


This poster reflects research conducted as part of a course project designed to give students experience in the research process.



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This summary will outline the ideas and objectives of the project as stated in the proposal in further detail. In 2011, the Melink Corporation, located in Milford, Ohio, donated a solar Photovoltaic System(PV) to the University of Dayton(UD) for research and education purposes. Melink is a transformative clean energy industry which aims at better the global economy, security and environment. It popularizes the use of clean energy including the solar power. In addition, TMI Electric Company is contracted to build the foundation for the solar PV system. Other stakeholders involved in the installation are: UD Facilities, Bowser Morner, and KOESTER. The installation design must be approved by these stakeholders. The purpose of this project is to oversee installation of a solar PV system behind the RecPlex Center at the University of Dayton. Which will include, inventory of components, developing drawings, scheduling contactors, and monitoring the output of the system. The team will research information about the solar PV system, incorporate and apply the engineering management skills in order to insure the success of the PV system installation. The University of Dayton Project Management Team will fully prepare an inventory of parts needed, and provide professional engineering drawings, pictures, and information to UD facilities, and manage all stakeholders involved. Ultimately, the goal of this project is to manage the installation of the solar PV system behind the RecPlex Center at UD. When the project is completed, the system will serve as an educational device for students and faculty to learn about the advantages of renewable energy. It will also serve as an icon, proving that the University of Dayton is making an attempt to utilize renewable energy.

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Rebecca P. Blust

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Engineering Technology


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Research exercise: Ingrid Photovoltaic Solar Panel System