This is a solar energy technology project, where the client requested the 3D modeling of a new CPU controlled hybrid solar dish generator design. This solar powered generator was designed as a multi-output generator that generated solar energy, harvested water from the air and radiated heat with a minimal number of parts according to the following design features:
- Producing electricity by recycling heat in multiple cycles.
- Condensing air moisture into the water for drinking, farming, cooking, etc.
- Absorbing heat from adjacent functions and recycles it to heat homes or for other uses
Our task was to make the modeling of the product and its image rendering according to the given technical specifications given by the client.
Other technical details:
Some other technical features of the design using solar energy technology were according to the following.
The solar generator used different systems to capitalize on temperature differences for generating electricity. It prevents loss of solar energy, thus providing a highly efficient output.
The generator’s primary dish mirror collected solar radiation and focused it on a second concave mirror. The intense solar beam then bounced back from the secondary mirror onto a panel of efficient solar cells on the primary mirror, producing electricity.
Excess generated heat was transferred to a heat exchanger. The top contained solar cells, while the other side had thermoelectric modules. Temperature differences between both sides cause the modules to produce electricity.
To maximize temperature difference and optimize electricity output, aluminum rods transferred heat to radiator plates, where the heat then dissipated. This heat could be used for heating homes or other applications.
The top of the solar powered generator also featured a system of radiators connected to thermoelectric modules that turned the heat from the secondary mirrors into electricity, repeating this heat recycling process over multiple cycles.
At the side, three light sensors were used to detect the intensity of solar radiation from each direction. Data was then transferred to a CPU, which controlled the horizontal and azimuthal direction of the panel using an azimuthal and a seasonal motor to keep the panel directed toward the sun.
Due to the unique features of the design, all the details had to be fully compatible with the client’s given data.
Since the work was to be used for its fundraising campaign, high quality rendered images and clips had to be prepared.
The work had to be done in a short time to get it ready for the presentation. The design had to be also fully reviewed regarding its engineering features to make sure that it would not face any setback during its presentation.
Considering the time constraint given by the client working on this solar energy technology project, two teams of product design engineers and graphic designers were assigned to work on the request. Both teams worked simultaneously on the product.
In order to prevent any rework and waste of time during the short given deadline, the work was split into several steps and each step was checked with the client to get his final approval.
Results and impacts:
Despite the short time for making the design and providing HQ rendered images plus a video clip of the product for this solar generator project, due to the good and well-coordinated work of the engineering team and the graphic design team, the final result was fully satisfying for the client. It included all the features requested by the client and it was successfully used in the presentation.