At the University of California, Merced, professors in the School of Engineering along with the campus’ facilities management division are creating a portfolio of renewable energy options that will help UC Merced continue toward its goal of being one of the greenest campuses in the United States.
UC Merced has received a three-year $1 million Renewable Energy Secure Communities (RESCO) program grant through the California Energy Commission’s Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program.
The "Piloting an Integrated Renewable Energy Portfolio for the UC Merced Community" project explores the integration of three energy strategies: energy efficiency, solar photovoltaics and plasma gasification, a method that cleanly produces power from sewage and solid waste.
"The RESCO grant will help the campus integrate three of the most promising renewable energy technologies that will help us meet our "Triple Zero" commitment," said John Elliott, UC Merced’s assistant director of energy and sustainability and project manager for the UC Merced RESCO project.
Patti Waid Istas