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Western Colorado University – Solar Golf Cart

October 2, 2021 - January 15, 2022

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Western Colorado University LEAD Sustainability students modified the golf cart they use for picking up FreeCycle donations. The project was funded by the university’s Sustainability Fund (student funded through a small fee each semester). The existing 36-volt battery bank in the golf cart and a reuse 120-watt module made for a very low-cost solution to save energy.
The existing golf cart was retrofitted with a reuse 120-watt PV module and a Genasun golf cart charge controller that takes the 17-volt module and steps up the voltage by 3x while cutting the amps by 3. Additional costs included about 20 feet of PV wire plus miscellaneous nuts/bolts and connectors. Western Solar Society held a “Battle of Watts” race with the Gunnison Gardens (local produce grower) team taking the checkered flag in their 48-volt rig with no speed governor.

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Start:
October 2
End:
January 15, 2022
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Organizer

Rich Stromberg
Email:
rstromberg@western.edu

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Sustainable Features
Electric Vehicle(s)
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Solar Site Type
Electric Vehicle

Venue

Western Colorado University
1 Western Way
Gunnison, CO 81231 United States
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