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ComEd, New Edison Energy and Windfree Design Help Green IMSA

By IMSA Science Faculty Member Branson Lawrence

IMSA students are learning firsthand the benefits of renewable and sustainable energy with the expansion of green technology on the IMSA campus.

IMSA students, Science faculty member Branson Lawrence and IMSA President Dr. Glenn "Max" McGee stand near the wind/ solar generator by the main building.

The Energy Center@IMSA installed three wind/solar hybrid units on campus, which are now being used to power a number of other sites.  The first unit is located near the tennis courts and is being used to supply electricity to a work station that allows students to monitor power output.

Using information obtained from the station, students, alumni and experts in the field can collaborate on a design for home application that is run on units similar to these at IMSA. I am currently looking for interested individuals and groups to start this project as an independent study or as a Student Inquiry and Research investigation this fall.

The other two units are located near residence halls 1502 and 1507 and power security lighting with the latest surface LED technology. The project was completed after staff from Security, Student Life and the Energy Center met to conduct a study to learn where lighting was most needed on campus.  This study prompted the recommendation to improve lighting at the beginning and the end of the access road. These areas now have additional light to enhance safety and allow the security cameras to record events 24/7.

These initiatives were made possible by a $25,000 grant from ComEd, an Exelon Company. Additional supporters include New Edison Energy and Windfree Design.

For more information, contact brenda@imsa.edu.