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 April 2013, the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority recognized Binghamton University with a High Performance Building plaque for exceptionally high energy efficiency at its new Engineering and Science Building. This building meets LEED Platinum standards and incorporates a number of green features, including passive solar energy. Its two-story photovoltaic wall also provide opportunities for research on solar technology being developed in the Center for Autonomous Solar Power and the Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing.
- Binghamton University's Center for Autonomous Solar Power 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 create 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 across campus 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.