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How Penn State is becoming a leader in renewable energy options across its commonwealth campuses

University Park Campus News Summary Gabriel Schaefer has been interested in renewable energy for years — but a trip to Iceland made his fascination grow even more. While overseas, Schaefer (senior-energy engineering) — who is a member of Penn State’s Student Sustainability Advisory Council...

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Penn State's solar energy partnership recognized for sustainability innovation

Penn State Summary Penn State has been awarded a 2020 Sustainability Innovation Award by APPA, the professional association of educational facilities, for its commitment to solar energy. Although still in its infancy, the 70-megawatt solar energy partnership between Penn State and...

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Cost Savings and Decarbonization with CHP

Summary Solar Solar Turbines has supplied more than 100 turbines as the core of Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plants to numerous Universities and Colleges around the world. A CHP plant, alone or in conjunction with renewables, serves to drive down energy costs and increase reliability, while...


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Microgrids, major changes: Professor leading effort to redesign power grid

Sarah Small, Penn State News Summary UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — When Hurricane Sandy hit the eastern seaboard in 2012, entire city skylines went completely black with the curious exception of a few small areas still emitting light, thanks to their use of combined heat and power (CHP) systems, a...

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Combined Heat and Power: A Sleeping Giant May Be Waking

Kennedy Maize, Power Engineering Summary One of the oldest energy efficiency ideas—combined heat and power—is prospering in the U.S. and looks promising elsewhere as the world searches for low-cost energy by increasing efficiency while lowering carbon dioxide emissions. Last November,...

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Planned solar array will provide 25 percent of electricity needs for Penn State system

Mike Kennedy, American School & University Summary Penn State is developing 70 megawatts of large-scale, offsite solar energy installations with a goal of providing 25 percent of the university's statewide electricity requirements over 25 years. The university says in a news...

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Integrated Energy Portfolio - Optimizing Campus Energy Use and Procurement

Summary A look at interactions between energy use, finances, risk management and sustainability at the state-wide facilities of the Pennsylvania State University, including the CHP District Energy systems at the University Park Campus. This presentation will illustrate the integrated energy...


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Partnership aims to advance renewable energy via storage and microgrid training

David Riley, Penn State News Virtual reality is used in the Energy Storage and Microgrid Training and Certification (ESAM-TAC) program to simulate batteries and solar equipment and help expose students to complex systems and high-voltage equipment without risks of...

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Committee OKs chilled water plant expansion, steam plant plans

Penn State News Summary Continued support of Penn State’s sustainability efforts was again validated today (Nov. 9) through the approval of plans and funding for an expansion to the North Campus Chilled Water facility by the Board of Trustees Committee on Finance, Business and Capital...

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Penn State at The Navy Yard energy program provides hands-on learning experience

Press Release, Penn State News Students shared their key challenges, steps toward a solution, key findings and learning outcomes with industry representatives after completing the 2017 Energy Innovation Leadership Experience program. Image: Penn State UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — During...