LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) - Ivy Tech officials say a new energy technology learning center at Lafayette's campus will be a bridge for tomorrow's energy technicians.
The Craig Porter Energy Center, located on the Ivy Tech Community College campus in Lafayette, features renewable energy systems, a multi-purpose lab and a classroom.
Craig Porter, the center's namesake, was the chair of the Energy Technology Program at the college at the time of his death. Ivy Tech says the center was made possible by donations and grants.
The center, found in a former residential home just south of the campus on Sagamore Parkway, will help students learn about renewable energies, smart grid integration and electrical vehicle charging stations. Solar, geothermal, wind, electrical vehicle and home automation systems are in place or planned to help the students learn.
"The Porter Energy Center firmly establishes Ivy Tech's unique presence as a leader in energy technology education for our local communities and the State of Indiana," said John Roudebush, Chair of the Energy Technology Program.
Home automation and smart grid integration help students learn how to build and maintain a smart home. Using PC software and smartphones, students can control and monitor lights, outlets, media centers and appliances. Students will us a variety of testing instruments to study wind speeds and direction, humidity, solar radiation and other weather events that determine how much energy is being collected at the center. The center will feature both live and non-live systems to give students the opportunity to safely practice real installations.
Future plans include both bio-diesel and natural gas generators integrated into all existing technologies. A 100-foot 10KW wind generator may also be installed depending on funding.
"The goal is to allow students to learn how to build, wire, size and assess systems and make them functional each and every semester," said Roudebush. "They will learn how to create a green home."
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