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Morrisville State College Renewable Energy Training Center To Host Solar Thermal Systems Seminar, Lab

MORRISVILLE, N.Y. —A seminar and lab for anyone interested in designing or installing solar thermal systems for domestic water heating is being hosted by Morrisville State College’s Renewable Energy Training Center (RETC).

The one-day seminar, Fundamentals of Solar Thermal Systems, will be held Sept. 25, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., at the RETC located in Shannon Hall.

The basics of how solar energy is collected and used to heat domestic hot water will be discussed in addition to solar geometry, flat plate and evacuated tube collectors, antifreeze-based systems and drain back system configurations, control concepts and performance estimating. The seminar is presented by John Siegenthaler, P.E., an expert in the field of hydronic heating technology.

A second optional workshop, Solar Thermal Systems Laboratory, will be held Sept. 26, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the college’s RETC. The lab will be facilitated by Dr. Ben Ballard, director of the RETC and assistant professor of renewable energy, and Dr. Phil Hofmeyer, assistant professor of renewable energy at Morrisville State College.

This optional workshop will provide hands-on experience with installation of a commercially available solar hot water system.

Tuition for the Fundamentals of Solar Thermal Systems course is $299. Tuition for the lab is $149. Participants may obtain financial assistance for the seminar through the college’s RETC.

The seminars are being co-sponsored by Mohawk Valley Community College with assistance from the Oneida County Workforce Investment Board. Professional development hours are available.

For additional information or to register for the seminars, contact Betsy Busche at 315-684-6391 or follow the CCED link through

Additional renewable energy seminars being offered in collaboration with Morrisville State College’s RETC include:
• Advanced Solar Thermal Design, Oct. 23, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Mohawk Valley Community College
• Geothermal Heat Pump System Designs, Nov. 13, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Morrisville State College RETC

Morrisville State College’s RETC is a multi-county alliance of employers, training providers, economic development partners and K-12 schools to address the long- and short-term needs of New York state’s high-growth, high-demand renewable energy sector. It is funded in part, by a grant under the President’s Community-Based Job Training Grant Initiative administered by the United States Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.

Morrisville State College offers more than 80 bachelor and associate degrees and options including a new bachelor degree in business administration, a bachelor of technology degree in criminal justice and an associate degree in renewable energy technology.

Considered to be one of the most technologically advanced colleges in the nation for its ThinkPad University program and wireless technology initiative, the college recently became the first in the nation to comprehensively replace landlines in residence halls with individual cellular phones. Morrisville State College was also chosen as one of the top five colleges in the nation for campus activities by Campus Activities magazine.

The Morrisville State College Norwich Campus offers associate degree programs in accounting, business, computer systems technology, office administration, liberal arts transfer, nursing, early childhood, criminal justice and human services to south central New York residents and employers. Students may also apply coursework to other associate or bachelor degrees at the main campus.