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Electrifying a Green Future May 8-11, 2011
Marriott Gateway
Niagara Falls
Ontario, Canada

Tutorial F: Solar Electric Systems and Humanitarian Projects

Sunday Afternoon, May 8
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Room: TBA

Presented by

Pritpal Singh - Professor and Chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Villanova University

Alfredo Herrera - Chair - IEEE Canada Humanitarian Initiatives Committee


Many locations in the world lack reliable electricity and many are located away from the nearest electrical grid. Most of these locations are in regions of high solar availability. But solar energy is not always available so a backup system is required. In the presentation by Dr. Singh, we will describe the basic design of a solar electric system and hybrid solar/backup system for use in an off-grid application. We will then describe a new design that we have produced for the IEEE Humanitarian Technology Challenge that will provide some unique features not found in existing designs.

In Mr. Herrera's presentation, we will describe how to define an open source project for IEEE humanitarian initiatives, including a brief overview of: open source, IPR attribution and sharing models. We will then look at how open source was used for the HIC student design competition and share plans to continue evolving the platform being presented.

Finally, the three finalist of the competition will present and demonstrate their projects on our solar system modeled after the WE CARE Solar suitcase.


  1. 1:00 p.m. - 2:20 p.m. - Solar Electric Systems for Remote Off-Grid Applications (Dr. Pritpal Singh, Villanova University)
  2. 2:20 p.m. - 2:40 p.m. - Open Source Hardware Design for Humanitarian Applications (Alfredo Herrera, IEEE Canada Humanitarian Initiative Committee)
  3. 2:40 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. - Presentation and demo by HIC student design competition finalists (3 papers)
Presenters' Biographies

Dr. Pritpal Singh was inspired to explore technological solutions to the health-care crisis in developing countries when he attended the IEEE's Humanitarian Technology Challenge (HTC) Conferences in 2009. Dr. Singh has been a member of the College of Engineering's faculty since 1984. He has played a critical role in initiating new programs at Villanova University, including a biomedical engineering track in the ECE Department, a College-wide Engineering Entrepreneurship minor, a social entrepreneurship program, a student exchange program with the University of Manchester (UK), a joint senior design program with Purdue University's ECE Department, and a graduate certificate in Sustainable Energy.

Alfredo Herrera is an electrical engineer with close to 15 years experience. He enjoys learning, working on complex problems, and helping others; attributes he continues to develop by volunteering for the IEEE. He has a critical role in the creations of the IEEE-Canada Humanitarian Initiatives Committee and also contributes to the IEEE Power and Energy Society Community Solutions Initiative

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