2016 Fall Projects

Project proposals development teams are currently working on:

a.    CCAT Water Heater Replacement

CCAT currently has a solar thermal hot water heater that is designed to store heat from incoming solar radiation in refrigerant and distribute it to a storage tank that supplies domestic hot water.  Unfortunately, the coil used to transfer the hot refrigerant into the hot water tank has broken.  Without this coil, the water in the tank is heated by a pilot light which burns natural gas.  We would like to replace our current hot water tank with one that has a working solar thermal coil.  We would also like to install an inline heat pump which would be connected to the outside of the  facility and extract heat from outdoor air and deposit it into the domestic hot water tank.   One of CCAT’s core objectives is to reduce our carbon footprint. By cutting out natural gas, we will be  one step closer to achieving our goal of becoming 100% electrically powered. Once all of our  appliances run on electricity it would be possible to offset that energy usage through installation of  additional photovoltaic solar panels on the roof.

b.    Daylight Harvesting

By installing photosensors and connecting them to existing lights in rooms that receive sufficient sunlight, will help reduce the need to turn on the lights, and reduce the school’s energy consumption. This method of using natural sunlight to light our buildings is called Daylight harvesting. This project would focus on setting up daylight harvesting system at J dining hall, student recreation center, and student recreation and wellness center. These 3 specific sites receive enough sunlight and have the potential for making daylight harvesting very effective. Daylight harvesting systems decrease the use of electrical light as daylight contribution increases. The desired amount of light can be set and lights can still be manually controlled.

c.    Hydration Station

Similar to what has been done in the past, the installation of water bottle fillers onto campus drinking fountains will help save energy, reduce waste, and make it convenient for both students and faculty to fill their water bottles on campus. Facilities Management will order 4 water bottle fillers that attach to existing drinking fountains and install water bottle fillers in the buildings which are lacking them. They will also order a separate hydration station with a built-in “green ticker” feature which keeps track of the amount of water bottles that are saved from being wasted; they will install this hydration station in the first floor of the Forestry building to replace the outdated drinking fountain that currently exists in that building.

d.    Smart Parking Infrastructure

To decrease on-campus parking congestion and decrease carbon dioxide emissions associated with vehicles circling HSU parking lots hunting for parking spaces, we are suggesting the installation of smart parking infrastructure in HSU parking lots. Smart parking systems give commuters real time updates on parking space availability; anecdotal evidence suggests students have spent hours circling the parking lots searching for spots. By showing which parking spots are available where, emissions associated with this idling will be abated.

e.    Solar Powered Benches

It is highly common that students today have personal devices on their person and use them regularly. Having the ability to charge those devices using power from the sun could foster more environmental awareness as charging personal devices is directly related to student daily lives. Students who charge their devices on the solar charging station will be less likely to use outlets installed in buildings on campus that use energy obtained from other sources. Measuring systems could be installed along with the charging station itself to show the use and benefit of solar charging devices.