Columbia, SC

Modular Solar Power System for Sare Bilaly, Senegal

The Richland Two Institute of Innovation InvenTeam invented a system of interlocking solar modules to provide enough power for a photocopier in Sare Bilaly, Senegal. The system snaps together to increase voltage, and uses connector rails to increase current. Each module is made from inexpensive and sustainable materials so the students in Sare Bilaly can assemble, replicate, and repair the system. The device meets the requests from the principal in Sare Bilaly.

Recent Team Blogs

May 5, 2019
Nearing the date for the much anticipated EurekaFest at MIT this summer, the construction of balsa wood prototype modules instead of using 3-D filament has been well underway along with other technical alterations (Check March blog for further details for the material switch). We are still...
March 10, 2019
The R2i2 InvenTeam had a very successful Mid-Grant Technical Review Presentation and received wonderful feedback as well as suggestions from the audience that attended (To view more details from out MGTR check out Twitter @R2i2InvenTeam). Some members of the audience would have liked to see more...
January 22, 2019
With the Mid-Grant Technical Review well on its way in February, preparations are being made to make sure we’re ready to present our audience and community the astounding progress made by the team. After returning from the much needed holiday break (which the team wishes you all spent...
December 19, 2018
  Within the month of December, our team has made a lot of progress on our project.  The first major task completed included assembling prototype models of our modular devices, made out of 3D printed plastic. Solar panels were soldered with wires and connected to the modular...
November 2, 2018
As technology advances, so does humanity’s dependence on energy; however, about 1 billion people around the world do not have access to electricity. The Richland Two Institute of Innovation InvenTeam consists of nine students working together to provide a sustainable and clean energy...