A Smart Waste and Recycling System powered by PV Solar Energy
Authors: Parrondo-Garcia, Sofia (ORCID: http://orcid.org/0000-0002-2526-6468)
Abstract: Waste management, especially in big cities, is a challenge for public administrations. Everyday, millions of people generate hundreds of tons of waste, which have to get through a long and expensive procedure since they are deposited in a garbage container until the recycling process is completed. In this paper, we propose a technological solution capable of reducing these costs: Smart Waste Containers powered by PV solar energy. The goal is to increase the storage capacity of each container in order to optimize the number of journeys made by the garbage truck. This will be possible by reducing the volume of accumulated waste through a compacting operation. While the operation is not in course, power will be stored in a battery bank installed inside the container. Thus, the compacting cycle will be possible also at night or on a cloudy day. A short description of the different power modules involved in the process and a detailed explanation of the compacting operation power requirements are given in this document.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): http://dx.doi.org/10.15592/workrooms.2016.0007
Date: July 2016
Keywords: Waste management, PV Solar Energy, Brushless Motor, Energy Storage, Smart Cities