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EE Department’s solar-powered car gets support from Schneider Electric
Date Posted: May 31, 2012 at 04:23:36 PM
Schneider Electric, a global specialist in energy management with solutions for power and control, critical power, energy efficiency, automation and renewable energy, recently donated a charge controller device called the Xantrex XW MPPT Solar Charge Controller to the Electrical Engineering Department which will be used in the university’s solar enhanced electric car LeePAD 2.
The turnover of the controller was held last April 18 at the Schneider Electric office in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig. It was handed over by Schneider Electric Country President Mr. Philippe Reveilhac and was assisted by Engr. Isaa Villaflores, an Adamson alumna who works at Schneider, and Engr. Jaymar Hernandez. Engr. Virgilio Lomotan, EE Department chairperson, and EE faculty member Engr. Arnold Lovino received the donation in behalf of the university and Team LeePAD.
LeePAD 2 is the successor of LeePAD, the original hybrid solar energy-powered car developed by EE students and faculty as a response to the University President’s call for a “green” university. Now a four-wheeled vehicle from the previous three wheels and further improved, LeePAD 2 was developed by ten EE students who are mentored by Engr. Lomotan. The acquisition of the Xantrex XW MPPT Solar Charge Controller enhances LeePAD 2 by allowing the team to track and regulate the maximum electrical power point of the photovoltaic array to deliver the maximum available current for its batteries, thus prolonging LeePAD 2’s battery life.
In a press release Reveilhac says Schneider Electric believes in supporting projects like LeePAD 2 as it will help create a higher quality of life for future generations. “The youth of today should be encouraged to develop advanced, energy-efficient technologies because they set a great example on how to do more while using less,” he adds.
In turn, the university and Team LeePAD are immensely grateful to Schneider for its support. Engr. Lomotan says, “This support from Schneider is a big boost not only for Adamson but to the whole academe as well. This will encourage other universities to undertake more research and development projects knowing that companies like Schneider Electric are willing to help.”
The new vehicle will be launched in campus in June.
Engr. Lomotan receives the Xantrex XW MPPT Solar Charge Controller from Mr. Reveilhac
Engr. Lomotan, Mr. Reveilhac, Schneider Electric officers, and Team LeePAD pose for a photo at the Schneider Electric office in Taguig.