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Career Pathways

While working with both the clean energy fund of the University of Vermont and the CHA engineering firm I have been able to reflect on possible career options for my future. Much of the work and involvement I'm experiencing this summer holds much relevance to possible career options I have interest in. While working under CHA's leadership I've gained experience in site surveying for various renewable energy systems such as Solar PV, Wind Power, and Solar and Geothermal Heating and Cooling.

Program: 
Clean Energy Fund

by Richard P. Smith III '13, CEF Summer Intern

Finishing Up Solar Reports and Technology Review

Over the past two weeks I have been mostly focusing on completing Solar PV site reports and a technology overview draft for geothermal heat exchange. As a team we have almost completed reports for every prospected PV site on campus. Site reports are a great way to get a general understanding of the energy and money saving potential for a certain location. I feel fully confident in my solar PV judgment and in my ability to make predictions and estimates based on site visits.

Program: 
Clean Energy Fund

by Richard P. Smith III '13, CEF Summer Intern

Geothermal Insight

For the past week I've begun researching Geoexchange or the process of how Geothermal Heat Pumps work. A geothermal heat pump works by utilizing the earth as either a source or sink depending on the time of year. In the winter the area beneath what is called the freeze line is warm in comparison to the ambient temperature. In the summer the earth is cooler. Liquids such as types of refrigerant or mixtures of water and anti-freeze make thermal connections with the ground and are either heated or cooled.

Program: 
Clean Energy Fund

by Richard P. Smith III '13, CEF Summer Intern

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