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IEEE Atlanta PES Lunch Meeting: “Haitian Microgrid Installation – update”

March 12, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm


The Haiti Solar Project first began in Fall 2015 under the leadership of several electrical engineering graduate students. The primary goal of the original team was to design and install a 7 kilowatt solar energy system on a health compound in Haiti. The team designed a system of solar panels, power electronics and a battery bank to provide lasting sustainable energy for the health center. The year-long effort cultivated in the successful installation of the solar-panel system by a group of Georgia Tech students.

Following the project installation, the team was challenged to think beyond the original scope of the project and consider how the success of the installation could be scaled up. The students consulted with Georgia Tech alumni and faculty, as well as recruited other students with fresh ideas.

These efforts were met with the collaboration and eventual partnership with the design team of the Haiti Relay, a portable solar energy product that is ideal for the rural communities in Haiti. This partnership resulted in a new name and a new goal!

In May 2018, the GT Haiti Solar initiative distributed 25 RELAYs to local residents of Thoman, Haiti to assess the efficacy of the design in the country as well as the customer needs throughout the community. Moving forward from this pilot install, adaptations and improvements have been made to the product, as the team works tirelessly to deliver the best, most cost-effective product.

Now, the Haiti Solar Initiative is focused on finding a sustainable way to implement and distribute the Relay throughout Haiti while developing business skills of young entrepreneurs eager to make a difference in their country.

Speaker(s): Angela Nguyen, Jake Smith

GTRI Conference Center
250 14th St. NW
Atlanta, Georgia


March 12, 2019
11:30 am - 1:00 pm