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  • Tuesday, September 17, 2013
  • “Solar Village Microgrid Demonstration and Research Project” – Lecture by Missouri University’s Tony Arnold Tuesday, September 17th, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., Duckering #531

Missouri S&T is integrating a variety of energy generation, storage, and management technologies into a central campus microgrid.  The first phase of the microgrid will be located within the Missouri S&T Solar Village, optimizing energy within four student-built and inhabited solar homes.  The photovoltaic (PV) arrays on the solar village homes are designed to generate a total of approximately 25 kW of power.  A123 Systems, Inc. has donated a 960V lithium ion battery array that will provide 60 kWh of energy storage for the microgrid. A recent grant award from the American Public Power Association (APPA), through City Utilities of Springfield, will fund the installation of the battery array and graduate student research in community energy storage.  The Missouri S&T Office of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engagement (OSE3) manages the S&T Solar Village and is responsible for coordinating all research, education, and outreach activities within the village.

Tony Arnold is the assistant director of the Office of Sustainable Energy and Environmental Engagement (OSE3) at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.  Over the last three years he has worked on renewable energy collaborations with several partners including Boeing, GM, A123Systems, Ameren, Caterpillar and GAF.  Current projects include management of the S&T Solar Village, the E3 Commons and the FREEDM Systems pre-college summer camp.  When he’s not shackled to the computer at his desk he enjoys volunteering as an advisor to the Solar House and Formula Electric Racing teams.


Photo Caption:  Solar Village

Photo courtesy of Missouri S&T