College - Author 1

College of Engineering

Department - Author 1

Mechanical Engineering Department

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Mechanical Engineering



Primary Advisor

Peter Schuster


In this Final Design Review, the team outlines the general scope of the ARES Cleaning System project and the final design direction chosen and built. This team consists of a group of four mechanical engineering students who have been tasked with designing and manufacturing an autonomous ARES cleaning system to help their sponsor, Fracsun, better track soiling losses measured at large solar arrays. They designed, conceptualized, manufactured, and tested throughout the project as they looked to create a final, functioning product. In creating this Final Design Review, they have identified how the product will perform the desired functions and what materials and manufacturing methods need to be used for further development. The team has chosen a specific design, while creating a functional prototype that can be improved in the future or used immediately with Fracsun. The team has also identified future recommendations so that it can be implemented into a wider range of environments and be mass produced. While most of the specifications laid out by the team were met, they have reflected on the project and determined what worked during the year long project and what can be improved in the future.