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UVM Central Heat Plant - Solar Array Upgrade & Optimization

2012-13 Projects
Project Timeline: 
05/2013 to 05/2014
Project Progress: 
75%

This is a two-phase project.  The first phase will upgrade the existing solar array panels, a 4.8-kW system installed in 2001, on the UVM Central Heating Plant. Inverters will be installed to existing panels, enhancing the public access to data via a dashboard system. The second phase will involve the installation of additional 29.9- kW solar panels with new technology on the UVM Central Heating Plant. The dashboard system for the upgrade and new installation will help 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

Finale

 

The last two weeks of the internship were focused on finishing up the reports for CHA. After submitting my report on wind power, most of my time was spent editing that report as well as other reports sent to me by Jack Honor. Jack has compiled a draft of the report, which he shared with us so we could get a preview of what the final report would entail. It is amazing what all the work completed this summer has become. The report is lengthy due to its combination of broad scope as well as high attention to detail.

Program: 
Clean Energy Fund

by Ryan Darlow '12, UVM Clean Energy Fund Intern

Biodigesters and Solar PV trackers

 

After finishing the reports on the solar PV and the report on wind turbines the project has entered its final stages. CHA will be completing final edits of the reports that we have submitted so far. At this point we are editing each other’s reports and ensuring that they are complete. A few smaller reports will be created for some of the less complicated feasibility studies. For instance next week, I will be working on a report discussing the potential for bio-digesters used to break down the compost generated each day at UVM.

Program: 
Clean Energy Fund

by Ryan Darlow '12, UVM Clean Energy Fund Intern

2.2 MW Local Solar Farm

On July 11 2012 the team and I took a visit to the currently largest solar farm in Vermont. The project, located in South Burlington, Vermont, is backed by the local Renewable Energy developer AllEarth Renewables. They provided 382 of their AllSun solar panel trackers for the project. The AllSun Trackers are pole mounted solar panels that use GPS to track the sun throughout the day which the company says allows them to produce 40% more energy than fixed solar panels. Each panel is equip with it's own inverter thus making the system more eficient.

Program: 
Clean Energy Fund

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

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

Geothermal Potential

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

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