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Off-Campus Student Energy Conservation Study

2013-14 Projects
Project Timeline: 
06/2014
Project Progress: 
75%

Project Category: Research

CEF funds will be used to provide home energy devices (HEDs) to UVM students living off-campus in Burlington, at no (or, a subsidized) cost. These devices connect to residential smart meters and make available real-time energy consumption information. Burlington Electric Department is in the process of deploying Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) in the city, but choices of how, when, and whether or not to use HEDs have not yet been made. 

UVM/Community 2013 Biomass Feasibility Study (Phase I)

2012-13 Projects
Project Timeline: 
05/2013 to 05/2014
Project Progress: 
100%
Project Category: Research/Study
 
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. 
 

UVM Central Heat Plant - Solar Array Upgrade & Optimization

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

Project Category: Infrastructure

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. 

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