AUBURN UNIVERSITY – Solar power is providing the energy needed to charge 10 electric vehicles, or EVs, on the campus of Auburn University. Facilities Management, in partnership with the Office of Sustainability, has funded a pilot project for the installation of 24 solar panels on top of the northeast and southeast stairwells of the stadium parking deck.
The solar panel system is capable of producing 6.6 kilowatts of power per day or about 13,250 kilowatt-hours of electrical energy per year. All of the power generated by the solar panels is fed back into the Auburn University master power grid as an offset to other energy used on campus.
AUBURN – Wei Zhan, assistant professor in the College of Sciences and Mathematics at Auburn University, has received a five-year, $580,000 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development, or CAREER, award, to conduct research on solar energy.
Zahn’s research proposal is titled “Molecular Photovoltaics – A Lipid-Based Approach” and his research is designed to provide insight into a more efficient conversion of solar energy to electrical energy. Although solar energy has the potential to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, many current technologies are inefficient and costly.
AUBURN – Researchers with Auburn University’s Space Research Institute have played an integral role in installing a solar power system at Lee County’s T.K. Davis Justice Center, the first public building in the state to be outfitted with such a system.
After months of research and analysis, the Auburn team managed the installation of a 16.56 kW grid-connected solar-powered system on the new addition to the center. The system will offset the energy costs of electricity the building uses.
“The Lee County Commission contracted with Auburn University to procure and install the system, to develop and manage a Web site and to conduct systems analysis and modeling,” said Henry Brandhorst, director of Auburn’s Space Research Institute. “We want to show that solar power is successful and to have others invest in it.”