Freedom Field summer interns to make presentations Aug. 1

Staff Report

Interns at Rockford’s Freedom Field Renewable Energy will present reports of their summer activities from 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Aug. 1, at Freedom Field, 3333 Kishwaukee St., building No. 9. Refreshments will be provided.

The new Sustainable Energy Systems associate degree program at Rock Valley College (RVC) requires each student to work as an intern to satisfy graduation requirements. To meet their graduation requirements as part of the program, 10 summer interns concentrated on alternative energy at Freedom Field.

Each of the 10 teams will provide a 10-minute presentation of their project summary and share their observations for economic development opportunities at the Aug. 1 event. A 2-minute question-and-answer session has been allotted at the end of the presentations. Guests are welcome to ask additional questions at the end of the presentations.

Following are the presentations and presenting interns:

“Energy Efficiency and Energy Audits” — Gregory Drzymkowski and Johnnie Murwar, work performed at Freedom Field Renewable Energy

“Smart Grid” — Steven Carmack and David Hill, work performed at Freedom Field Renewable Energy

“Grid-Tied Photovoltaic Systems with Battery Storage” — Brian Casey and Devaughn Fisher, work performed at Freedom Field Renewable Energy, and Christopher Anderson, work performed at AAA Electric

“Energy Efficiency and Comprehensive Energy Solutions” — Michael Hull and Aimee Pond, work performed at Gilley’s Heating and Air Conditioning

“Green Roof Studies and Investigation” — Kathleen Hansen, work performed at Freedom Field Renewable Energy

“Solar Hot Water Heating” — Ashley Atterberry, work performed at Freedom Field Renewable Energy during spring 2011

Professor Stephen R. Fleeman, academic chairman of Sustainable Energy Systems at RVC, serves as the academic adviser.

Mentoring and assistance provided by Chester Kolodziej and John Sweeney, both from Freedom Field; Dave Martindale, Ballard Engineering; and Ron Gilley, owner of Gilley’s Heating and Air Conditioning.

To register for this event, contact the Engineering & Technology Division office at (815) 921-3101.

Freedom Field is a not-for-profit organization formed to facilitate the development and operation of a renewable energy solutions center. The center is designed to install and characterize renewable energy technologies; produce operational data for analysis; integrate and test complementary technologies as viable systems; optimize for production, installation and service; develop regional projects that use these technologies and systems; and create education and outreach programs. Visit

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