The ocean's powerful winds make the coast an ideal location for a wind turbine. Ironically, it's that ocean air that presents a challenge to any turbine on or near the sea. The moist, salty air combined with a turbine's metallic materials can result in corrosion, a destructive process able to bring any power-generating source to a halt.

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The University of Delaware and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) have created a new avenue to connect science with resource management by launching a series of workshops where environmental academicians and regulators can share current research and discuss research needs.

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Rajendra Pachauri, chair of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), will be the featured speaker in the DENIN Dialogue Series at 7 p.m., Tuesday, April 6, in Clayton Hall.

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The University of Delaware Sustainability Task Force is seeking two undergraduate students and two graduate students to join the task force co-chairs -- John Madsen and Kathleen Kerr -- at the ACPA Sustainability Institute in Boulder, Colo.

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Creating environmentally friendly high technology jobs for Delawareans was the focus of the "Creating the Clean Energy Economy" conference, held Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 13-14, at the University of Delaware's Clayton Hall.

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Energy Conservation and Efficiency

The entire University of Delaware community is encouraged to conserve energy by reducing energy usage. The role of the individual in reducing energy consumption is significant and is frequently overlooked. Similarly, Facilities' ongoing efforts devoted to providing quality maintenance, retrofitting of old hardware, and adding energy monitoring systems are also key measures for improving conservation and efficiency. In addition, specific technological fixes are implemented by the Facilities unit, www.facilities.udel.edu for conservation and efficiency projects. Such projects can be identified by anyone, and are evaluated by the Facilities staff for feasibility. Projects are funded by an Energy Conservation Reserve Fund, which is dedicated solely to energy efficiency and conservation projects. Over the past five years, energy conservation and efficiency projects have resulted in reduced energy needs for existing equipment.

The following are just a few examples of the many ACTION@UD items directed at improving energy efficiency and conservation:

  • Retrofitting of lighting to low wattage fluorescents and electronic ballasts - result: reduced energy usage for lighting
  • Increased building automation in order to better control HVAC systems - result: reduced energy usage for heating/cooling
  • Installed dual technology (motion/heat) sensors for lighting control across campus - result: reduced energy usage for lighting
  • Insulated steam lines to minimize energy loss - result: conservation of heat energy
  • Installation of power factor capacitors to raise power factor - result: reduced need for electrical generation by outside sources

While the above examples focus solely on changes made to reduce energy needs, Facilities' other efforts, such as adequately maintaining and properly operating equipment, are integral to the continued efficient operation of the University. An example of this type of regular maintenance is the annual tuning of the boilers on campus. The Preventive Maintenance program continues to grow as well, and has efforts directed at mechanical, controls, as well as electrical components.

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The University of Delaware has joined other colleges and universities in supporting these two sustainability initiatives:

Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future/Talloires Declaration: View a .pdf (20kb)

American University and Presidents Climate Commitment:
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