Did you know the sun produces enough energy in a single hour to last humankind for an entire year? We haven’t even come close to realizing the immense power the sun makes available to us. That’s where Binghamton University comes in. Check out how we’re already tapping into the power of the sun.
- In 2008, Binghamton University received $4 million in federal funding to develop the Center for Autonomous Solar Power. This center focuses on harnessing the sun’s supply of renewable energy and making it an easily accessible, low-cost power source. In collaboration with partners from several industries, researchers at the CASP are working to develop technologies that integrate solar power sources with new product designs. Potential applications include transportation, communication systems, power generation for buildings and devices that will charge cell phones and laptops without the use of batteries.
- The University is also putting the sun to work in parking lots M5 and LT through the use of solar-powered, pay-by-space meter systems. Fitted with highly efficient solar panels and rechargeable batteries, these systems are environmentally friendly, use free energy, require less overall maintenance and offer better customer service.
- Binghamton University recently became the first SUNY institution to install a solar hot water system to reduce reliance on natural gas. Through this test project, four solar panels were installed on the roof of Susquehanna Community's Brandywine apartment building. These panels are tied into the University's energy management system so data can be collected and reported.