Solar Powered Air Compressor (SPAC) Green Air Is Clean Air Courtesy of Energyquest.com Jennifer B. Helmly What is a Solar Powered Air Compressor? An easily accessible free air compressor that is used to inflate car and bike tires, powered by a solar generator. Tire Pressure 101 • Not many people know it, but it is important to check tire pressure at least once a month. • Low tire pressure creates heat and friction on the road, which creates a drag, and forces vehicle to work harder. • Not properly inflating tires can be costly for the environment, and your wallet. Blogcarparts.blogspot.com Why is Tire Inflation Important? • Cuts down on CO2 emissions by 1.5 tons a year (cmu.edu) • Saves Money • Decreases risk of car accident Fact Filling your tires once a month can save you: 3% on Fuel Consumption a Year (Fueleconomy.gov) AND 10 Cents a Gallon Wheelsneeddeals.com Fact A Carnegie Mellon University study showed that: Americans drive roughly 12,242 miles a year at 22.5 miles a gallon, and pay an average of $3 a gallon. Proper tire inflation can save you 3% on gas a year...about $432. (cmu.edu) Introducing Solar Powered Air Compressor SPAC Simple Sketch of proposed SPAC Unit Easy Implementation –Low Cost –Small Project Size –Easy Construction –No major change to infrastructure or campus Implementation • Project is of a fairly small scale and one unit could be completed and installed within roughly one week by a private contractor. • Will need to order pre-fabricated stainless steal base pieces. • Level Concrete Base will need to be poured. Basic Materials Used • • • • • Solar Panel Kit Air Compressor Galvanized Pole Stainless steel sheet metal Concrete SPAC Benefits JCCC • Keeping proper tire pressure dramatically decreases CO2 emissions. • Free air for inflating vehicle/bike tires. • Provides more of an incentive for campus goers to ride a bicycle to JCCC. • Awareness of importance of tire pressure to save money, emissions and prevent accidents. SPAC Benefits JCCC -Bike Share Program -Students/Faculty Currently Riding Bicycles to Campus Highsnobiety.com Survey of 20 Students When asked if they would use SPAC Yes Maybe Don't Care 5% 15% 80% Locations • In less populated parking areas of selected parking lots. • Near bike racks. • Frequently traveled areas of campus. Proposed Campus Locations (Jccc.edu) Proposed Campus Locations • Sports Parking Lot • Galileo Parking Lot • Clock East Parking Lot • Parking to the east of East Parking Garage • Commons Courtyard • Courtyard between Carlson Center and Library Living Walls . Apartmenttherapy.com The Exterior of the base will be made out of a stainless steel “mesh” that will hold a living wall Benefits of Living Wall • Foliage pulls CO2 out of air creating cleaner air to breathe • Aesthetically Pleasing • Increases bee activity which promotes pollination (Sempergreen.com) • Will use indigenous plants that use naturally supplied water. Courtesy of Center for Ecology and Hydrology Awareness Campaign • SPAC/Tire Inflation Awareness Ad’s on Campus Televisions. – Free Air – Importance of checking air pressure once a month – Potential savings from having proper air pressure – Safety – Decrease CO2 emission – Locations Estimated Budget G-2000-Pi SolG-2000-Pi Solar Generator $2000 Zumbador.com Estimated Budget Rolair JC10 Air Compressor $300 Rolair.com Estimated Budget • Galvanized Pole $60 • Sheet Metal $300 • Miscellaneous Expenses $200 • Labor $1000 Estimated Budget Total • $4000 Per SPAC Unit • 6 Units at $4000 a piece = $24,000 Pro’s of SPAC and Proper Tire Inflation • Can decrease CO2 emissions by 1.5 tons per vehicle a year by reducing consumption of gasoline. • Can save roughly $400 a year. • Safer Driving • Living Wall Sms3.org.uk Resources JCCC Logo. 2012. Johnson County Community College, Overland Park. JCCC.edu. Web. 18 Nov. 2012 JCCC Map. 2012. Johnson County Community College, Overland Park. JCCC.edu. Web. 18 Nov. 2012 Living Wall Photo. Apartmenttherapy.com. Web. 18 Nov. 2012 “Environmental Advantages to Living Green Walls.” Sempergreen.com. Sempergreen.com. Web. 19 Nov. 2012 Pollinating Bee Photo. Center for Ecology & Hydrology, Europe, 2012. Solar Panel Cartoon. Energyquest.ca.gov. Web. 19 Nov. 2012. Gerson, Bruce. “Save Gas, Money and the Environment with Properly Inflated Tires.” Cmu.edu. Cmu.edu. 21 Sep. 2009. Web. 25 Nov. 2012. “Keeping Your Car in Shape.” Fueleconomy.gov. Fueleconomy.gov. 21 Nov. 2012. Web. 25 Nov. 2012. Kid Robot Fixed Gear Bike Photo. 2007. Highsnobiety.com. Web. 26 Nov. 2012. Rolair JC10 Photo. Rolair.com. Web. 25 Nov. 2012. Solar Generator Photo. Directvoltage.com. Web. 25 Nov. 2012. Tire Pressure Photo. 19 Mar. 2012. Blogcarparts.blogspot.com. Web. 28 Nov. 2012. Save Gas Photo. 2012. Wheelsneeddeals.com. Web. 28 Nov. 2012. CO2 Footprint Photo. 8 Mar. 2010. sms3.org.uk. Web. 28 Nov. 2012.