ISTF
Solar Blinds

Component Two

 

Task One...

Identify two companies and one product produced by each company that directly relate to the NCT technical application your team has selected.

Example 1:

Unisolar of Auburn Hills Michigan
Unisolar is another solar panel manufacturer.  They have very lightweight and durable solar cells that would be perfect for our design.  They are easily installable and are removable, making them ideal for blinds.  They are also flexible, making them able to bend around if necessary. Because the material is applied to a surface with no punctures, they will be able to fit on thin surfaces very well.  This will allow our product to be almost as thin as normal blinds with the bonus of the technology to convert the sun’s rays into energy.

Example 2:

First Solar in Perrysburg Ohio
First Solar is a company that manufacturers solar panels which are used on roofs of houses and businesses.  These solar panels are very thin, and are used in roof tiling.  The solar panels last a long time, and First Solar maintains long-term contact with the customer to make sure everything is operating correctly.  The cells have been tested to be able to withstand horrible weather and to have a consistent energy output.  The cell’s semiconductor is made from a CdTe compound that converts the solar power into usable electricity.  A third party study showed that the solar cells made by First Solar are the most reliable over the long term, allowing the blinds to be in use for many years.

 

Task Two…

Identify one professional association or trade organization associated with the products your team identified. Include:
- its name,
-description of its mission, and
-number of people/companies involved.

 

Solar-Screen-Shades: 
The company won't stop at anything, they don't believe in the word "can't" because everything is possible. Beliefs sometimes it just hasn't been figured out yet. Nothing is to big or to small for this company. This company covers over 10,000 square feet of state-of-the-art equipment and has been around since the 1970's.

 

Task Three…

Propose and describe a new product or new process based on your team's NCT technical application.

      Our product is blinds or curtains with solar cells on them that will collect solar energy that will be stored in a small generator that you can hook up to your electronic appliances so they can run on the solar energy. The solar cells will be like the solar cells on calculators just a little bigger so they can capture more energy. They will be on the panels of the blinds and in the fabric of the curtains. Though these solar cells will be small the blinds and curtains will be enforced the weight of the cells. The cells will be attached to each other then connected to the generator by a thin cable. The generated will be small but still big enough to store the energy and convert to electricity.


Task Four…

Via the Internet, locate a company that might be able to manufacture your team's proposed product. Send the company an e-mail asking that someone in the company evaluate the product your team proposed. If your team is not able to obtain a response to your inquiry, provide on your website an example of the e-mail request you sent and the names of manufacturers to whom you sent the request.

This is a copy of our e-mail to Clean Power Systems, Inc. <http://www.findsolar.com/Directory/solar-installer-clean-power-systems.aspx>

Dear Sir or Madame,

My name is Nicole my group and I created a product for a project we are submitting Internet Science and Technology Fair (ISTF). We are attempting to make blinds and curtains that will hold solar cells and then transmit the solar energy to a small generator where it will be converted to electricity that can be to power appliances in your house. This is a more detailed description of our product.

Our product is blinds or curtains with solar cells on them that will collect solar energy that will be stored in a small generator that you can hook up to your appliances so they can run on the solar energy. The solar cells will be like the solar cells on calculators just a little bigger so they can capture more energy. They will be on the panels of the blinds and in the fabric of the curtains. Though these solar cells will be small the blinds and curtains will be enforced the weight of the cells. The cells will be attached to each other then connected to the generator by a thin cable. The generated will be small but still big enough to store the energy and convert to electricity.

Thanks you for your time and reading our e-mail. We would enjoy hearing what you think of our product. If you could forward any comments to Jhypes@mail.manassask12.va.us

Nicole E. and my ISTF group

 
ISTF Group 08-1853