Welcome to the home of the Michigan Tech Open Sustainability Technology research group housed within the Departments of Materials Science & Engineering and Electrical and Computer Engineering. We focus on open and applied sustainability, which is the application of science and innovation to ensure a better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems. Specifically we are interested in exploring the way solar energy can be used to provide clean sustainable electricity through photovoltaic devices and how the sharing of open source hardware and software can create sustainable and equitable means of production. Read all of our recent open access publications.
Coming soon: Solar powered self-replicating open-source 3-D printers - capable of making primary components of solar photovoltaic systems from recycled waste along with anything else you can design.
Predicted in J. M Pearce, C. Morris Blair, K. J. Laciak, R. Andrews, A. Nosrat and I. Zelenika-Zovko, “3-D Printing of Open Source Appropriate Technologies for Self-Directed Sustainable Development”, Journal of Sustainable Development 3(4), pp. 17-29 (2010).
Is that even possible? Want to be the first to find out? Join us.
How would global society change if everyone had access to abundant low-cost renewable energy via solar electricity, open source 3D designs and an affordable open source 3-D printer like the RepRap?
For example: What if everyone has access to vast collection of inexpensive scientific research tools?
Joshua M. Pearce, “Building Research Equipment with Free, Open-Source Hardware.” Science 337 (6100): 1303–1304 (2012) . open access Podcast
- 3D Printing Brings the Science Lab to Your Backyard - Popular Mechanics
- 3-D Printing- Anything You Can Dream Jumps Into Three Dimensions - Txchnologist
If we start in the schools - would children learn more and faster if they were encouraged to flex their own creativity?
MOST 3-D Printer High School Teacher Workshop
What if open-source 3-D printers could make common products less expensively than a sweat-shop? Cheaper than the dollar store with better than Nordstrom quality and customized just for you?
Massive ROI with Distributed Manufacturing
- B.T. Wittbrodt, A.G. Glover, J. Laureto, G.C. Anzalone, D. Oppliger, J.L. Irwin, J.M. Pearce (2013), Life-cycle economic analysis of distributed manufacturing with open-source 3-D printers, Mechatronics 23, 713-726. open access
- Study: At-home 3-D printing could save consumers 'thousands' - CNN
J. Gwamuri, D. Ö. Güney and J. M. Pearce, 2013. "Advances in Plasmonic Light Trapping in Thin-Film Solar Photovoltaic Devices", in Solar Cell Nanotechnology, Atul Tiwari (Editor), Rabah Boukherroub (Editor), Maheshwar Sharon (Editor), Wiley, ISBN: 978-1-118-68625-6 order
Joshua M. Pearce, “Free and Open Source Appropriate Technology” in Martin Parker, George Cheney, Valerie Fournier and Chris Land (Eds.) Routledge Companion to Alternative Organisation (in press).
Nicole C. McDonald, Ha T. Nguyen, and Joshua M. Pearce, “Technical Feasibility of Renewable Electricity Generation in Nunavut” in M.D. Tiwari, A. Vaish (Ed.), Green Energy, River Publishers: Alborg, Denmark, pp. 41-74 (2012). Available: Google Books preview
Usman Mushtaq and Joshua M. Pearce “Open Source Appropriate Nanotechnology ” Chapter 9 in editors Donald Maclurcan and Natalia Radywyl, Nanotechnology and Global Sustainability, CRC Press, pp. 191-213, 2012.
Angela R. Bielefeldt and Joshua M. Pearce, “Service Learning in Engineering” Chapter 2 in Thomas H. Colledge (Ed), Convergence: Philosophies and Pedagogies for Developing the Next Generation of Humanitarian Engineers and Social Entrepreneurs, NCIIA, pp.24-52 (2012). Free E-book pdf.