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Polar Power

2013-14 Projects
Project Timeline: 
06/2014
Project Progress: 
0%

Why use electricity to power mechanical, compressor-based refrigeration systems when cold, fresh air can cool a refrigerated space for free? This project involves a feasibility review of potential systems that could monitor outside and inside temperatures and bring, fresh, filtered outside air into a cooler during the winter. When outside air is used for cooling, conventional mechanical refrigeration system components are shut off and do not consume any energy.

CEF Lecture Series: Campus Food & Energy Seminar Series

2013-14 Projects
Project Timeline: 
01/2014 to 05/2014
Project Progress: 
100%

This lecture series will bring 3-5 guest speakers to the University of Vermont during the Spring 2014 semester to share their expertise on a range of subjects related to sustainable university food service, including energy issues. These events will serve an educational purpose for the UVM community and also provide a forum for discussion regarding our community goals for the UVM campus food system. 

UVM/Community 2013 Biomass Feasibility Study

2012-13 Projects
Project Timeline: 
05/2013 to 05/2014
Project Progress: 
100%
This study examined the technical and financial feasibility of piping excess thermal energy from the nearby wood-fired McNeil Generating Station, the city’s existing power plant, to a portion of the UVM campus and the nearby hospital. This community energy idea is often described as “district heating  (DH).” If implemented, Community DH would bring UVM within reach of its student-supported goal of climate-neutral heating and cooling by 2020. 
 

Hybrid Street Lamp System with Helix Bamboo Wind Turbines and Solar Panels

2012-13 Projects
Project Timeline: 
05/2013 to 05/2015
Project Progress: 
100%

This project is a hybrid street lamp system using dynamic LED lights powered by a combination of helix bamboo wind turbines and solar panels. Energy harvested from wind and solar during the daytime is stored in a battery to ensure the lighting in the night through an integrated control system. By simulating microstructure features of natural bamboo, innovative carbon fiber composites will be used to fabricate a parallel system.

UVM Central Heat Plant - Solar Array Upgrade & Optimization

2012-13 Projects
Project Timeline: 
05/2013 to 05/2014
Project Progress: 
100%

This was a two-phase project.  The first phase upgraded the existing solar array panels, a 4.8-kW system installed in 2001, on the UVM Central Heating Plant. Inverters were installed to existing panels, enhancing the public access to data via a dashboard system. The second phase involved the installation of additional 29.8- kW solar panels with new technology on the UVM Central Heating Plant. The dashboard system for the upgrade and new installation helps compare two solar panel systems of differing ages. 

Clean Energy Fund Committee Approves Two New Projects



Two projects have been approved by the Clean Energy Fund Committee. Nearly $179,800 will be awarded to the selected projects, pulling from the $225,000 generated each year from the Clean Energy Fund. The Clean Energy Fund assesses UVM undergraduate and graduate students a $10 fee each semester to establish new clean energy education, research and installation projects on and around the UVM campus. 

Program: 
Clean Energy Fund

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