Green Then, Green Now
Whether it's our research focus on solar or wind energy, hybrid cars, innovative energy storage, fuel cells, growing renewable resources like willow or bamboo, or our smart energy house, we're no strangers to the idea of protecting the environment. In fact, we've been doing it since our creation as an agricultural college. Now, as a leading technology college, we're changing the ways to think about renewable energy.
At Farmingdale State College, we don't have to "Go Green." We've been doing it for 100 years.
FSC's Renewable Energy and Sustainability Center (RESC) will enhance public awareness of emerging renewable energy resources through a focus on applied research and workforce training in the renewable/sustainable and smart grid technologies. RESC promotes applied research and has created a forum for FSC faculty to develop collaborative grants in energy and sustainability. This collaborative work includes working with Stony Brook's Advanced Energy Center as well as with international colleagues.
For example, Farmingdale is the site of the first accredited Solar Energy Center in the Northeast. Accredited solar training is now offered through RESC.
Unveiled in 2013, the Solar Carport was the first of its kind within SUNY. Funded by $12 million from the U.S. Department of Energy, the carport accommodates 20 electric-charge vehicles at a time, draws its power from 390 solar panels above, and produces approximately 100 kilowatts of electricity. The average annual generation is more than 80 Mega Watts with a savings of more than $15,000.
In 2015, the campus Smart Energy House was opened. A 2,000 square-foot, single family, three-bedroom residence, the house is the first one of its kind on any of the 64 State University of New York (SUNY) campuses. It’s “Smart” because it’s equipped with a smart meter which will control all of the appliances in the house, even from remote locations. The “Energy” part refers to the way the house is powered: solar energy, solar thermal for hot water, and a hydrogen fuel cell, to power the house on cloudy days and at night.
In addition, our Institute for Research and Technology Transfer (IRTT) tests and evaluates various grades of bio-fuels used for powering small and large vehicles. The efforts by Farmingdale, in collaboration with Stony Brook University and Brookhaven National Laboratory, may someday lead to renewable, energy-efficient fuels that will reduce the nation's dependency on foreign oil.
RESC continuously works with engineering professional societies as well as the local and regional academic institutions to offer technical seminars and short courses to industry professionals and public in the area of energy, sustainability, and engineering education. For more information about our ongoing projects, please visit https://www.farmingdale.edu/academics/centers-institutes/resc/index.shtml.