The group that toured UC Merced looked like typical students visiting campus for the first time. But they weren’t here to enjoy the scenery. There were here to learn more about renewable power.
Twenty-six students from seven universities in California and Denmark came to UC Merced as part of the 2009 LoCal Renewable Energy Summer Research Program. The program, now in its second year, was developed to allow students to collaborate on and study renewable energy solutions in an interdisciplinary format.
The four-week intensive program, which started July 27 and continues through Aug. 21, allows participants to see state-of-the-art, industrial-scale renewable energy systems up close. This year’s focus is on solar, geothermal, wind and biofuel energy sources.
UC Merced’s participation in the LoCal program highlights another example of how as the first American research university of the 21st century, UC Merced is collaborating with other institutions, researchers and resources to collectively find solutions that will benefit not only the San Joaquin Valley and California but the world.
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