April 02, 2014 , BY Kathryn Kopchik

The Bucknell University Renewable Energy Scholars will present a Renewable Energy Workshop Saturday, April 12, from noon to 6 p.m. in the Formal Room of Hunt Hall on Loomis Street at Bucknell University. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m.

The workshop include talks, a buffet luncheon and demonstration models. The event is sponsored by the Bucknell University Environmental Center's Campus Greening Initiative.

Registration is suggested as seating is limited. The registration fee is $15. Lunch will be provided for all registered participants. || Register online

Topics will include: Bucknell University solar research and design projects, including the new photovoltaic array donated by Class of 2014; utility-scale solar power projects, including installations around the world; recent energy conservation measures on campus, including Green Fund projects and LEED certification for Academic West; and a report from Renewable Energy Scholars about their new Greenhouse Project.

Speakers are Stephen Durfee, Bucknell energy manager; Peter Jansson, professional engineer and Bucknell associate professor of electrical engineering; Nate Siegel, Bucknell assistant professor of mechanical engineering; and Bucknell students.

From 4 to 6 p.m., displays of photovoltaic arrays, a wind turbine, a solar concentrator, LEDs, a solar water heater, solar pathfinder, and more may be seen at the Bucknell University Environmental Center, 835 Fraternity Road, and at Bucknell West, located west of Route 15 near the University's sports complex.

The Bucknell University Renewable Energy Scholars are dedicated to educating the University community and the public about the benefits of solar energy technology. The University maintains three photovoltaic arrays obtained through grants from the Sustainable Energy Fund's Solar Scholars Program.

Bucknell hosted its first Solar Scholars workshop in August 2006, which resulted in the installation of a 2.5 kilowatt solar array that serves as a power source for the Bucknell University Environmental Center. Two more arrays, with a combined capacity of 3.2 kW, were installed in April 2007 at Bucknell's Mods student housing. Real-time solar energy data is available at http://linux.bucknell.edu/~altenergy/

For more information about the Renewable Energy Workshop, contact environmental.center@bucknell.edu or call 570-577-1490.

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