Student Research

Solar Parasol

Many people experience a great deal of exposure to the sun during their daily routines. Exposure to the sun's ultraviolet radiation is the main cause of premature skin aging. It also places individuals at a much higher risk for skin cancer, sunburn, dehydration, and heat exhaustion. As technology advances and pervades society, another issue that many people face is accessibility to mobile charging devices and renewable energy sources. The Solar Parasol is designed to help alleviate both of these issues for by protecting individuals from the harmful rays of the sun while also utilizing the photovoltaic effect to absorb solar radiation through solar panels attached on the parasol. The converted energy is transferred through the parasol's handle into a portable charging device attached at the base. The charging device will be USB Type-A and Type-C compatible and can also be charged using a wall adapter. The primary goal of the product is to maximize efficiency of a parasol by integrating solar technology into the design of the canopy, which will be constructed using water and UV-resistant industrial textiles. Multiple designs of the textile will allow for personalization by the consumer. The parasols lightweight frame will encase all electrical components, ensuring a safe experience. Within the last ten years, the concept of wearable technology has grown exponentially, providing insight on how technology will become vital to every aspect of life.