Date of Award

3-2010

Degree Name

MS in Electrical Engineering

Department

Electrical Engineering

Advisor

David Braun

Abstract

Cal Poly’s Recreation Center expansion project provides an opportunity to implement Energy Harvesting From Exercise Machines (EHFEM). Part of this implementation is a system that reports the exercise machines’ energy production. Although products capable of reporting exercise machine energy harvesting statistics exist, they have limited capabilities. This thesis project defends a system capable of reporting exercise machine power statistics in near real-time.

The system consists of display, database, and power measurement modules. The display module presents statistics in an interactive, graphical, and widely-accessible way. The database module provides an efficient way of organizing and accessing stored statistics. Multiple power measurement module types gather power and energy generation measurements from multiple exercise machine types and transmit those measurements to the database module over the computer network.

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