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Renewable Energy for the RiverSphereEPA Grant Number: SU831891
Title: Renewable Energy for the RiverSphere
Investigators: McLachlan, John , Meffert, Doug , Pandian, Shunmugham R.
Current Investigators: McLachlan, John , Culley, Briarme , Davey, Elizabeth , Etheridge, Daniel , Manasse, Colin , Meffert, Doug , Pace, Cassandra , Pandian, Shunmugham R.
Institution: Tulane University of Louisiana
EPA Project Officer: Nolt-Helms, Cynthia
Project Period: September 15, 2004 through September 14, 2005
Project Amount: $9,779
RFA: P3 Awards: A National Student Design Competition for Sustainability Focusing on People, Prosperity and the Planet (2004) RFA Text | Recipients Lists
Research Category: P3 Challenge Area - Energy , Pollution Prevention/Sustainable Development , P3 Awards , Sustainability
Identifying and implementing the most effective renewable energy techniques for the southern Louisiana region is critical to the sustainability of the region in the near future.
We have been asked to design a renewable energy system for the RiverSphere, an environmental education and research center on the Mississippi River in downtown New Orleans, and, in particular, to consider the use of low-speed mini-turbines in the river. A thorough review of feasible renewable energy systems will be conducted; after considering which the best renewable energy system for our location, a system will designed for the site. This project will conduct a locally oriented analysis of renewable energy for a state that has few renewable energy systems or experts, and could also design an environmentally benign hydropower system that would be adaptable to locations on the Mississippi and other rivers. The development of renewable energy is an important part of sustainability in Louisiana in multiple ways. Louisiana has much to lose from climate change, and reducing the greenhouse has emissions of the state would do much to help the communities in the region. New technologies will provide job options for an area that has failing economy and is reliant on fossil-fuel extraction as a major industry. Finally, as Louisiana produces about 1% of the world’s greenhouse gas emission, it is essential that Louisiana discover a way to reduce these emissions. This project will produce a report that isolates the most feasible technology based on cost-benefit, efficiency, energy production, and environmental savings. IT will also produce a technical design that utilizes this technology. Through it s incorporation into the RiverSphere, the project will educate children, the general public, and the university students; it will give the student team experience working in renewable energy systems and working on a multidisciplinary team.