Solar Solutions

Solar Solutions: Considering The Sun in our Digital Future

Solar power is on track to be a major contributor to renewable energy systems of the future. Small scale photovoltaic cells can provide energy directly at point of use without the expense of an electricity grid and with the added benefit that the energy is free and non-polluting. This class examines how photovoltaic cells can be incorporated into interactive art, internet enabled devices and anything in between. We will look at the science behind various photovoltaic panels, calculate power requirements, and build our understanding about panel assembly and use. Among other things, students will experiment with solar circuits, BEAM robotics (Biology, Electronics, Aesthetics and Mechanics) and how to use photovoltaic cells with micro-controllers. Throughout the semester students will design a series of conceptual paper prototypes and physical prototypes as solutions to artistic and design challenges given throughout the course