ASU energizes West campus with large solar project

April 30, 2009

Arizona State University has begun an ambitious project to install 3.3 MW of renewable energy capacity via solar cells on its West campus.

The project primarily will utilize open space on the West campus and will meet nearly all of its energy needs, said David Brixen, ASU interim vice president of university services. It is part of the second phase of ASU’s overall solarization project on all of its campuses. Download Full Image

“The new solar photovoltaic system at ASU West is a significant investment for our campus,” said ASU President Michael Crow. “It is a smart investment in that it will pay back in annual dividends to ASU and to Arizona by taking the West campus partially off the traditional energy grid and putting it on one that is based on a renewable and sustainable energy source that does not pollute our environment.”

The solar cells will be located between 49th and 51st avenues, south of the Las Casas residence complex. Most of the installation will be in an open area, but Brixen said some of the solar cells will cover existing parking areas, providing shade to cars. Construction is expected to begin this summer with the system operational by December 2009.

“We are currently contemplating up to 7 MW total for the West campus,” Brixen said. “But if we went to that scale, we would need to secure more areas.”

The West campus solar project is part of an overall effort by Arizona State University to transition to renewable energy systems for its power. Already, the Tempe campus has built solar photovoltaic systems that produce approximately 2 MW of power. When phase 2 of this project is completed, ASU will have built solar cell systems that generate more than 10 MW of power on all of its four campuses, Brixen said.

Three companies are providing the solar cell systems and infrastructure for the overall ASU project. They are Independent Energy Group, APS Energy Services and Carbon Free Technology. APS Energy Services is installing the photovoltaic systems on the West campus.

“We believe that when these projects are completed, the 10 MW of solar energy will be the largest university solar photovoltaic system in the U.S.,” Brixen said.

David Brixen, (480) 965-1852

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ASU students at Poly show off their projects

April 30, 2009

Students in the Engineering Technology programs in the College of Technology and Innovation at Arizona State University’s Polytechnic campus are exhibiting their spring projects May 6, from 10 a.m. to noon, in the Student Union Ballroom B.

On display are 15 sponsored projects that range from the humanitarian efforts of GlobalResolve and defense related applications including autonomous aircraft and helicopter landing pads, to a medical application highlighting an automated robotic therapy systems for MS patients and green applications including alternative propulsion systems for the Grand Canyon Outfitters Association. Many of the projects are representative of the multi-disciplined teams, made up of students from the departments of Engineering Technology and Engineering.  Download Full Image

“This event demonstrates the unique capabilities of students studying engineering technology at the Polytechnic campus,” said Jerry Gintz, event organizer and faculty member in the Department of Engineering Technology. “Many of these projects are sponsored by corporations or individuals interested in working closely with ASU students to develop solutions to complex problems facing the world today.” 

The ASU Advanced Technology Innovation Center (ATIC) joined the collaboration, assisting students in developing project administration expertise for two of the sponsored projects.

The event is free and all are welcome to see what the students have been up to this semester.  Refreshments will be provided.

For questions or for more information, contact Jerry Gintz, Jerry.Gintz">">

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(480) 727-1173
Public Affairs at ASU Polytechnic campus