Resilient Communities Project (RCP), University of Minnesota
This project was completed as part of a year-long partnership between Carver County and the University of Minnesota’s Resilient Communities Project (http://www.rcp.umn.edu). Carver County has been exploring opportunities for renewable energy and energy efficiency in county government buildings. The Carver County Public Works building in Cologne was a potential candidate for a renewable energy installation, specifically a wind turbine. The goal of this project was to determine the feasibility and potential payback time for a wind turbine at the site. In collaboration with the county project lead, Nick Koktavy, a team of students in BBE 5733: Renewable Energy Technologies, calculated the energy output needed to support building functions, addressed environmental and economic implications of a turbine installation, and developed payback timelines, ultimately concluding that wind power was not feasible for this location. A final report and PowerPoint slides from the project are available.
Report and presentation completed by students enrolled in BBE 5733: Renewable Technologies, taught by Dr. Min Addy in Fall 2015.
This project was supported by the Resilient Communities Project (RCP), a program at the University of Minnesota whose mission is to connect communities in Minnesota with U of MN faculty and students to advance local sustainability and resilience through collaborative, course-based projects. RCP is a program of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs (CURA). More information at http://www.rcp.umn.edu.
Katalinich, Lauren; Jiang, Kevin; Kartohandojo, Jessica; Lian, Yu; Horbal, Karissa.
Cologne Public Works Facility Wind Power Proposal.
Resilient Communities Project (RCP), University of Minnesota.
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