HGA to design "Net Zero-plus" desert college campus
Images have been released of a design for the College of the Desert's new self-sustaining "Net Zero-plus" campus to be built at Palm Springs. The "Net Zero-plus" refers to the design's aim of generating more energy than it uses.
Central to HGA Architects and Engineers' master plan, and its Net Zero-plus aspirations, is the construction of a 60-acre acre solar farm directly next to the extended campus, which will sell surplus energy to Southern California Edison to provide energy to the Coachella Valley, creating a valuable revenue stream for the college.
The campus development itself will add 420,000 ft2 (39,000 m2) of academic space and an additional 230,000 ft2 (21,000 m2) of leasable space to be used as an incubator for start-up businesses as well as for academic purposes.
To maximize revenues from the solar farm, the energy consumption of the new campus will need to be kept to a minimum. To that end HGA says it is "researching and testing integrated systems to improve building performance, including facades that minimize heat gain, energy-efficient mechanical systems, photovoltaic solar panels, storm-water reservoirs for evaporative cooling, shading and day lighting techniques, wind protection, and desert landscaping with seasonal plantings." The detail is yet to be established, however.
HGA claims to have arranged the campus to create microclimates, using buildings as wind breaks. Perforated metal panels are to be employed, allowing through breezes but affording protection from stronger winds.
Sources: HGA Architects and Engineers and Buildipedia
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First the PV needs to be above the Campus shading it, not using land just for it.
At least 50% of solar should be CSP giving power and heat, hot water..
Instead of wasting water evaporating it just cool it at night along with the building and then use it to keep cool in the day. Water is too costly in a desert to waste.
The wind turbine shown is a joke putting out little power/$ vs a normal 3blade one which costs less and puts out 3x's as much power/ sq' of rotor area and likely 5x's the ROI + EROI..
Next at least 50% of plastic waste can be turned back into diesel, Gasoline, NG just by distilling it.
Anyone building any size building should produce extra power instead of using external power. And this goes for homes too but it should be closely checked as many RE are scams like the wind turbine shown.
Everything I know about it (which I admit, isn't that much but I am a realist) tells me that "valuable revenue stream for the college." is a completely unobtainable goal.
I have a strong suspicion they are mostly hoping the government officials tasked with signing their grant money don't agree with me. They are only doing this because success or fail they are positioned in the middle of a bazilion dollar project if it gets approved.
I would be far more supportive if they were just up front about it and said "hey, we know a 100% green energy campus will cost a few extra $$ but students will learn, work with, and develop many important new technologies".
I think a project like this /could/ be useful in part because while people spend a lot of effort on things like panel and windmill costs and efficiency very little research seems to go into the systems that monitor and connect these platforms.
Self-serving. Transparent. Cynical. Antisocial. Ridiculous.
Thank you gizmag for being a consistent source of information about ongoing and proposed implementation of technologies such as these. Despite some of your readers' agendas.
There is no innovation here just a lot of low cost effective electrical generation and consumption of water in a desert.