RVC students present renewable energy projects May 8 at Freedom Field
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Rock Valley College (RVC) students will present renewable energy projects at Rockford’s Freedom Field Renewable Energy, 3333 Kishwaukee St., from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 8.
The event features work by students in the Electronic Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Engineering Technology, and Sustainable Energy Systems programs.
Following is a breakdown of the projects that will be featured:
• Biomass Stove — How to develop a portable biomass stove that can help third-world countries, reside in your back yard or even be part of your next camping trip.
• Energy Storage — How to invest and realize a profit with real-time electrical energy pricing.
• Green-Roof Instrumentation — Using measurements to assess and characterize a green roof. Do they work? How can we make them work better?
• Ground-Mounted Photovoltaic Arrays — Using micro-inverters to optimize the energy harvesting of an array of solar modules.
• LED Lighting — How to save money and not look like the Frankenstein monster or his bride in the morning thanks to LED lighting.
• Microhydro — Extracting electrical energy from a creek and teaching microhydro principles.
• Solar “Bike” — Using solar energy storage to power an electric vehicle.
• Variable Speed Pump — Applying a Danfoss Variable Frequency Drive to a pump application to save energy and improve overall system performance.
• Wind Turbine Controls Design — Developing a control system for wind turbine blades.
• Special Guest: The Electronics Technicians Association, International will be on hand to explain the array of certifications available — including those for renewable energy and their latest certification for electrical vehicle technicians.
To register for this event, contact RVC’s Engineering & Technology Division Office at (815) 921-3101.
Posted May 4, 2012
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