Wind Energy Proposal Earns Campus Sustainability Grant

Wind Energy Proposal Earns Campus Sustainability Grant

Wind Energy Proposal Earns Campus Sustainability Grant

In an effort to expand the Maryland Educational Solar Array (MESA), Project Director and ECE staff member Bryan Quinn was awarded a $12,500 Sustainability Fund grant for his proposed Sustainable Energy Teaching Initiatives Lab (SETIL) to develop wind-based power generation. The grant will allow Quinn to add two vertical axis wind turbines to the existing MESA lab. The facility’s goal is to provide students with hands-on experience in the design and use of alternative energy generation and utilization.

A collaboration between the members of the Honors Program, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering serve as a foundation for this effort. Two cross-disciplinary courses are being developed and experiments are being designed that will exhibit how to maximize efficiency, estimate power consumption and predict the performance of differing power systems. Additionally, the facility is being used to train members of the University of Maryland chapter of Engineers Without Borders and Maryland Sustainability Engineering on photovoltaic systems operations and installation.

The University Sustainability Fund is supported by the campus student sustainability fee and provides funding for projects that promote social, economic and environmental sustainability and positively impact the student experience at UMD. The Fund supports projects that increase the share of renewable energy produced on campus, increase the energy efficiency of our facilities, reduce the amount of waste created and material resources used on campus, encourage sustainable behaviors, and integrate sustainability into teaching, research, and service at UMD.

Related Articles:
How Hot is Solar Energy?
A Greener Alternative to Hot-Mix Asphalt
Engineering Sustainable Solutions…Globally!
With Engineering Projects, UMD Students Seek to Boost Education Access, Public Health, and Sustainability
Davis to Serve as Faculty Mentor for NSF-Funded Global STEWARDS Program
Design Day project innovates solution for Chesapeake Bay
UMD Solar Decathlon Team Takes 1st Place in the U.S., 2nd Place in the World
Clark School Students Invited to Apply for Summer Engineering Courses in Czech Republic, Italy
UMD Teams Awarded Over $5 Million to Improve Power Plant Cooling Technologies
CEE, Landscape Architecture Researchers Awarded 1st Place in EPA Campus RainWorks Challenge

March 5, 2012


Prev   Next

Current Headlines

Chembo Published in APS Reviews of Modern Physics

FPE Wildfire Research Projects Receive Funding Twice-over

Envisioning the Future of Urban Transportation

FPE Hosts Multiple Federal Agencies to Discuss Oil-Spill Response Strategy

'Super Electrolyte' Capable of Operating in Extreme Temperatures, From the Arctic Tundra to the African Savannah

NIH Awards $2.8M Grant to Further Dementia Research

2019 Engie Fellowship Recipients Named

UMD Welcomes New Class of Distinguished A. James Clark Scholars

News Resources

Return to Newsroom

Search News

Archived News

Events Resources

Events Calendar