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Financial Model for UVM/Community Biomass Feasibility Study (Phase II)

2014-15 Projects
Project Timeline: 
07/2015
Project Progress: 
0%

Develop and run a financial and energy model that the University of Vermont and the University of Vermont Medical Center, as potential anchor customers for thermal energy from the McNeil Generating Station, and other interested parties including Burlington Electric Department, the McNeil Joint Owners, the Mayor's Office and the Burlington District Energy Services (BURDES) committee. The intended use of the model is to make a Go / No Go decision on taking the next step in developing a business plan.

OSI PI Software, Building Energy Tracking and Savings

2014-15 Projects
Project Timeline: 
07/2015
Project Progress: 
10%

Project Category: Infrastructure

This software package will provide a platform for students, faculty, and staff to access the University's energy consumption data. The software features a tool to create scenarios around energy and greenhouse gas reductions for buildings on campus. 

CEF Champions: Luce Hillman, Michael Peltier, Physical Plant 
CEF Award: $120,000


UPDATES

4/2015: Proposal approved by CEF Committee for recommendation. 

Testing of Hybrid Street Lamp System with Helix Bamboo Wind Turbines and Solar Panels (Phase II)

2014-15 Projects
Project Timeline: 
07/2015
Project Progress: 
0%

Project Category: Research/Study

A hybrid street lamp system, using dynamic LED lights that are powered by a combination of helix bamboo wind turbines and solar panels, was built in Spring 2014. Phase II focuses on testing the prototype in a wind tunnel testing facility and collecting data for further research.

Project Champion: Ting Tan
CEF Award: $38,000

Internship for "Cow Power Demystified"

2014-15 Projects
Project Timeline: 
07/2015
Project Progress: 
0%

Project Category: Research/Study

UVM Extension staff, faculty, and students will further their work with farmers to investigate the viability of using farm-produced methane to generate electricity. The Cow Power Education project will make this current research more broadly known to the public. A graduate student from CDAE will coordinate this project in summer 2015. 

Project Champions: Gioia Thompson

CEF Award: $9,800

 

Anaerobic Digestion: Efficiency and Empowerment of Smallholder Farmers in Latin America

March 26, 2015
Room: 
Davis Center 422 (Jost Foundation Room)
Contact(s): 
Vic Izzo: izzovi@gmail.com
Speaker: Alexander Eaton, MS, International Renewable Resources Institute / Sistema Biobolsa / Ashoka Fellow / charity: water  
 
Reviewing experience from 10 years of biogas development in Mexico and Latin America, this talk will consider the environmental, social and economic impacts of biogas projects for small farmers in Mexico and what this can teach us about future development of the technology.

UVM ID Required: 
No
Admission Fee: 
Free
Program: 
Clean Energy Fund

UVM Engineers Build Tiny Renewable Wind Turbine for Developing World

[Written by Joshua E. Brown] .00002 miles per hour might remind you of a bad day on the interstate. But that’s how fast some bamboo can grow: up to 35 inches every day — a world record. It’s a grass that can, in a few months, grow as tall as a tree. And, as it grows on, say, a mountainside in China or Chile, it gets hammered by the wind. But it doesn’t break. It flexes and resists, using the power of the sun to grow up and the power of the wind to grow strong. [READ MORE]

Program: 
Clean Energy Fund

CEF Announces 2013-2014 Projects List

The UVM Clean Energy Fund (CEF) is designed to advance clean and renewable energy on campus through research, education and infrastructure. The fund is supported by a self-imposed student fee of $10 per student per semester, generating about $225,000 per year.  After reviewing numerous proposals, the CEF Committee has recommended and the VP of Finance has approved funding for five projects and two lecture series in 2014-2015, totaling $152,844:

CEF Lecture Series:

Program: 
Clean Energy Fund

Johnson House Renewable Energy Feasibility Review

2013-14 Projects
Project Timeline: 
07/2014 to 09/2015
Project Progress: 
50%

Project Category: Research/Study

This feasibility review will examine the potential for geothermal energy and for solar trackers on the lots immediately adjacent to the Johnson House, home to the Gund Institute for Ecological Economics.

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