Archives—November 2016

Advances in the Solar Market

Renewable EnergyIn Print

Joshua Pearce co-authored an article with alumni Aishwarya Mundada (ECE) and Emily Prehoda (SS), “U.S. Market for Solar Photovoltaic Plug-and-Play Systems,” in Renewable Energy.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.renene.2016.11.034

In the News

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was quoted in Coal Workers Find Work in Solar Power published in Solar Reviews.

TechCentury, an engineering and technology news web site published by the Engineering Society of Detroit, featured the new plug and play solar research of Joshua Pearce (MSE, ECE). Read the story.

Research by alumni Aishwarya Mundada (ECE) and Emily Prehoda (SS) and faculty member Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) was covered in Plug-and-play solar could be the next clean energy wave in the US-TreeHugger, US market for »plug and play« solar panels is about 57 GW, says a MTU study-Photon Science Daily and other online news sources.

MichiganAgConnection, MinnesotaAgConnection, IowaAgConnection and other publications around the country reported on Pearce’s plug and play solar research.

MITechNews.com published a story on Joshua Pearce’s (MSE, ECE) plug and play solar research.

An article on solar energy by Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) appeared in the Regulation section of the Harvard Business Review Wednesday.

Pearce was also quoted on investment in solar energy research by NASA paying off in an article, “Is NASA a Waste of Money?” in Machine Design.

Plug In for Renewable Energy

A new study shows a huge U.S. market for plug and play solar energy, with billions of dollars in retail sales and energy savings. So what’s holding up widespread use?

Support for solar energy is vast. According to a 2015 Gallup poll, 79 percent of Americans want the U.S. to put more emphasis on developing solar power. Most of the same people, unfortunately, can’t afford to install solar energy systems in their homes. Even after federal tax credits, installing solar panels to cover all of a family’s electricity needs can cost tens of thousands of dollars. For others, a home solar system isn’t a consideration because they rent, or move frequently.

But Michigan Tech’s’ Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) says he knows the solution: plug and play solar.

“Plug and play systems are affordable, easy to install and portable,” says Pearce. “The average American consumer can buy and install them with no training.”

In a study funded by the Conway Fellowship and published in Renewable Energy, Pearce and researchers Aishwarya Mundada and Emily Prehoda estimate that plug and play solar could provide 57 gigawatts of renewable energy — enough to power the cities of New York and Detroit — with potentially $14.3 to $71.7 billion in sales for retailers and $13 billion a year in cost savings for energy users.

Read the full story by Stefanie Sidortsova.


Pearce on Open Access to Inactive U.S. Patents

Free Inactive Patent Search PageJoshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) co-authored an article with PhD Candidate Yuenyong Nilsiam (ECE) titled “Open Source Database and Website to Provide Free and Open Access to Inactive U.S. Patents in the Public Domain” that was published in Inventions.

doi:10.3390/inventions1040024

The results showed how the Free Inactive Patent Search enables users to search using plain language text to find public domain concepts and then provides a hyperlinked list of ideas that takes users to the USPTO database for the patent for more information.

In the News

Work by Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) and PhD student Yuenyong Nilsiam (ECE) on the free inactive patent search was covered by Science Daily, Phys.org, ECN and other online news sources.


Updates on 3D Printing Research

Energy for Sustainable DevelopmentMSE alumnus Ben Wittbrodt co-authored an article with Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) titled “3-D Printing Solar Photovoltaic Racking in Developing World.” It was published in the journal Energy for Sustainable Development.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.esd.2016.08.001

In Print

Joshua Pearce (MSE/ECE) co-authored “Experimental Characterization of Heat Transfer in an Additively Manufactured Polymer Heat Exchanger” in Applied Thermal Engineering.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.applthermaleng.2016.11.030