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Event Planning and Research

During the past two weeks I have given the Equine Center opening ceremony the majority of my attention. This has included meeting with Jeff Wakefield, associate director of University Communications, who brought his experienced insights to the meeting. We discussed the guest list, the potential date and time for the event, our guest speakers, what we would need, etc; everything that needs to be finalized, the actual “planning” of the event.

Program: 
Clean Energy Fund

by Kierstin Wall '13, CEF Summer Outreach Intern

First Two Weeks: PV Surveying

I have learned a lot since the start of the Clean Energy Fund internship two weeks ago. The first days began with meetings so that all the interns could meet one another as well as the UVM and CHA employees that we would be working with. Clough Harbour and Associates  (CHA) is an engineering firm that UVM selected to work on the project.  After being introduced to what the internship would entail, the schedule and deliverables of the project were laid out.

Program: 
Clean Energy Fund

by Ryan Darlow '12, UVM Clean Energy Fund Intern

Beginnings

Experience experience experience. That is what an internship entails; work experience, social experience, life experience. This internship has me enthused at the fact that I will have an experience of learning and creating, putting all my knowledge to the test. The Clean Energy Fund internship started with meeting the internship team, talking about our tasks and responsibilities, what we would like to gain from our experience, and what our advisors wanted from us.

Program: 
Clean Energy Fund

by Kierstin Wall '13, CEF Summer Outreach Intern

GreenHouse Solar (structural & electrical study)

2010-11 Projects
Project Progress: 
10%

Though solar energy opportunities on campus will be addressed in the comprehensive campus renewable energy feasibility study, the CEF will support a structural and electrical feasibility study of the GreenHouse residential learning community facilities for a potential rooftop solar array.

Clean Energy Fund Award: *This project will be implemented as part of the Comprehensive Campus Renewable Energy Feasibility Study.

 

Organic Solar Cells Fabricated by UVM Students

2010-11 Projects
Project Timeline: 
07/2011 to 05/2012
Project Progress: 
100%

This project supported the development of a lab for two Spring 2012 courses in the Physics department: Physics 096, “Physics, Energy, and the Environment", a course recently developed and taught by Dr. Malcolm Sanders, and Physics 202, "Experimental Physics", taught by Dr. Randy Headrick.  A work-study student working with Dr. Randy Headrick helped to prepare the equipment and materials for the labs, and to develop the procedures for depositing the thin films of semiconductors and the aluminum contact layers that comprise the organic solar cells.

Aiken Solar Trackers

2009-10 Projects
Project Timeline: 
07/2010 to 12/2010
Project Progress: 
100%

In 2010, the CEF funded the installation of seventeen 4 kilowatt Solar Photovoltaic Tracker Panels, which will count towards LEED accreditation for the greening of UVM's Aiken building, home of the Rubenstein School of Environment & Natural Resources. The trackers, installed in December, 2010, are operated by AllEarth Renewables under a power purchase agreement and will be purchased outright by UVM in five years.

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