The University of Iowa is committed to increasing the use of renewable energy, thereby reducing our reliance on coal, purchased electricity, and natural gas.
Green Energy Discovery District
In July 2010, the University installed its first wind turbine, a 2.4 kWh Skystream, on a 37 foot tilt-tower. The wind turbine is used as a teaching device by Pablo Carrica, associate professor in the UI College of Engineering Department of Mechanical and Industrial Engineering. UI Facilities Management connected the turbine to the existing power panel in the Madison Street Services Building (MSSB) and use the power it generates on campus.
The wind turbine is part of the UI's evolving "green energy discovery district," roughly bounded by MSSB, the University Services Building and the UI Power Plant. The area engages several green energy technologies that include the Energy Control Center on the third floor of the University Services Building, a solar E-car charging station to be constructed near MSSB, two types of photovoltaic/solar panel technologies on and adjacent to the Cambus Maintenance facility, expansion of the biomass energy program at the UI Power Plant, and a growing alternative fuel vehicle fleet.
Beginning in 2003, the biomass fuel project, and partnership with Quaker Oats, has enabled the UI to reduce our fossil ...
In July 2010, the University installed its first wind turbine, a 2.4 kWh Skystream, on a 37 foot tilt-tower. The wind tu...
Solar Electric Vehicle Charging StationThe solar e-car charging station, located near the University Services Building a...