Members of the IEEE Student chapter of Universidad del Norte are working alongside their faculty members and associated research laboratories to bridge the gap between the region’s needs and the technology available. This project aims to implement renewable power source(s) to assist the community in times of need, as well as to educate students as part of an educational outreach program.
Similar to Project Move by IEEE-USA the team aims to operate their implemented renewable energy sources on an electric car to demonstrate the energy capacity within the sources. If implemented correctly by the students, citizens of Colombia can even rely on these sources during times of emergency such to recharge phones, flashlights, and more.
The project is to be completed in eight phases, beginning with a planning phase and ending with the outreach phase. Many of these phases include group discussion which will help students brainstorm their ideas and come to an agreement on which to follow.
The team decided to use an electric vehicle so they can charge it through social panels. Thanks to Universidad del Norte, they will be provided with electronic gadgets to complement the car and help display geo-referenced information. They are excited to firsthand show students the power stored within renewable energies.
This project was granted $10,000 by EPICS in IEEE to further educate the young Colombian population on renewable power sources. This project has much potential to benefit the community in the future, especially future student engineers.