Document Type

Thesis

Date of Degree Completion

Spring 2019

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

Department

Mechanical Engineering Technology

Committee Chair

Dr. Craig Johnson

Second Committee Member

Dr. John Choi

Third Committee Member

Professor Charles Pringle

Fourth Committee Member

Professor Allyson Rogan-Klyve

Abstract

This supplementary document examines the international relevance and impact of the device in the Central Washington University, M.E.T. Senior Project entitled, “Dual-Axis Solar Tracker”. This is done so by analyzing the data collected from the device, as well as related trends in society, and establishing connections between the device’s viability and its impact within the society. Climate change, the solar industry, technology, policy, and market are the main topics of research within this document to provide background and context for the methods of analysis. Following intensive research, two major research strategies were implemented: (1) the data collected from the device during the testing phase of the MET489 Course is used to conduct a quantitative comparison to similar real-world models and evaluate its performance; (2) the project’s marketability is also analyzed, to make an educated hypothesis of changes that can be made in potential iterations. This supplementary document expands upon the testing analysis of the device to provide a more in-depth representation of its current and potential impact. The device was being analyzed for its ability to be a promising economic investment as well as a solution to global challenges.

Comments

The honors supplement begins on page 67.

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