CalSoChill Prototype

Project Leads: Geun Ho Ahn

Sponsor: Engineers for a Sustainable World

TGIF Grant: $525.00

Additional Funds: $1205.29

Project Theme: Energy Conservation & Efficiency

Project Location

2014 Application Submission

Status: In Progress

Project Description: CalSoChill will provide a functional off-grid mobile solar charging station for students to charge their electronics outdoors, encouraging students to spend more time outside. Its prototype serves to represent CalSoChill in a smaller and more affordable scale, while still maintaining the main purpose of the project: providing electricity outlets outside by using solar power.


  1. Allow students to charge their electronics outdoors by using solar panels. 
  2. Encourage students to spend more time outside.
  3. Provide a place where Cal students can relax and relieve stress through the utilization of the Prototype's elevated solar panels, designed to capture solar energy and provide shading simultaneously
  4. Raise awareness of sustainable energy, especially renewable energy technology, on campus
  5. Hold outreach opportunities to local schools to raise the awareness of sustainable energy technology amongst a younger generation.
Project Updates

1. Members were trained on how to use the 3D design program and have finalized protocol design
2. Prototype size was decided to be enlarged from original 10W solar panels to 80W with a battery pack inverter 
3. Applied and were chosen to present their project at the ESW National Conference in April 

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.