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The U reaches 71% renewable energy

By University of Utah Communications Originally published in @theU University of Utah Facilities Management has taken another important step forward as a leader in energy and sustainability by signing a 25-year solar energy contract with the Castle Solar Project near Huntington, Utah. The contract will deliver 20 MW of solar energy to campus over its […]

Wind Energy in Urban Environments – Meredith Metzger

GCSC faculty affiliate Meredith Metzger, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, leads a team that is investigating the optimal design for vertical axis wind turbines. VAWTs are ideally suited to urban and suburban environments. Metzger’s teamĀ found that one design configurations at a test site produced electricity at a cost 10 percent lower than the average national […]

Roseanne Warren: Mechanical Engineering and Better Energy Storage

‘…there are so many questions to explore and vast possibilities for new ideas. At the same time, research in this field can have immediate societal impact.’ You have had a pretty straight line through your educational career, with three degrees in mechanical engineering. Why did you choose mechanical engineering for your studies? Mechanical engineers work […]

Improved batteries for renewable energy storage

Utah averages 222 sunny days each year, which is great for those of us who get some of our energy from solar panels. But options for storing the sun’s energy on overcast days have limited efficiency and duration of storage. Shelley Minteer, a new GCSC faculty affiliate from the Departments of Chemistry and Materials Science […]

Lincoln Davies

Davies assesses solar power policies

Prices for home solar installations are dropping. If the trend continues, that’s good news for the environment. But policy changes in consumer net-metering in Nevada slowed the growth of solar dramatically, and resulted in solar businesses leaving the state. What will happen in Utah? GCSC affiliate Lincoln Davies, associate dean for academic affairs and a […]