September 24, 2013 - Step by step, CMU engineering students are generating electricity.
Last year, in the entrance of the Engineering and Technology Building, students constructed an electrical panel that serves as a vibration energy harvester to create renewable energy for powering a temperature display.
The project was a success and now this year, assistant professor of engineering Tolga Kaya and four students - Indian River senior Brianna Ohlert, Livonia senior Steven Shapardanis, China senior Fei Pang and Elk Rapids senior Jared Jorgensen - are looking to make further enhancements, adding solar and wind power capabilities.
The team is hoping to increase the device's current output of 5 watts per hour to 50 watts per hour - enough energy to power a digital display in front of the building.
Click here to read more about this exciting research project.