The Energy Education Center focuses on energy technology in three areas including Energy Generation, Energy Distribution, and Efficient Utilization/Conservation. The building not only teaches students how to use renewable energy technologies, but uses these energies to power the building as well.
Geothermal: using heat from the earth’s core to mitigate heating and cooling costs.
Bioenergy: utilization of once living material to produce energy.
- Anaerobic digestion — using waste products from agricultural & other industries to create energy, reduce impact of waste to the environment, and reduce energy costs.
- Biofuels — using energy crops such as canola to produce gas and diesel.
- Biomass — using plant mass to produce energy.
Wind, Water, Solar: sources of energy for heat and/or electricity.
Electrical Power Distribution: electrical power transmission.
Smart Grid Technologies: two way communication between power source and power user, more efficient and more reliable energy “grid”.
Distributed Energy Generation: generating power near the source of use.
Efficient Building Design & Construction: energy efficient homes/buildings.
Sustainable Facilities Operations: best use of energy resources with least waste.
Local Food Production: reducing the carbon footprint of the food supply.
Precision Agriculture: reduced environmental risks & more efficient production.