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PROJECT NUMBER: ECE 14.4
PROJECT TITLE: Muhuru Bay Community Microgrid
SPONSOR: Seattle University
SPONSOR LIAISON: Prof. Steve Szablya, PE
FACULTY ADVISOR: Prof. Steve Szablya, PE
STUDENTS: Patrick Berg, Michael Koppi, Andrew Mewborn, Daniel Nausner

Seattle University asked team ECE 14.4 to design a microgrid system for a 3 kW wind and solar farm, which will be used as a charging station for a rural community and a small, private primary school, Kristy’s Cape Academy. This school serves approximately 300 students, many of whom are orphaned due to HIV/AIDS, in Muhuru Bay, Kenya. The project’s ultimate goal is to provide community members access to electricity, which will in turn help to improve the developmental outlook of the students and the community. The microgrid system consisted of 1.5 kW of wind and 1.5 kW of solar capacity. Our design used pre-manufactured equipment, and included a complete wiring diagram for the power source, controls and power transmission to a charging station. This will charge over 60 portable battery kits per day and provide power to Kristy’s Cape Academy, as well as the headmaster’s house. The project also integrated basic telemetry that used the local cellular network, which will provide data back to Seattle University for further research. Enough site information has been gathered to complete this design, and it is likely that it will be implemented in Kenya in the summer of 2014.