“While I have seen many such [renewable energy] programs in the US and Canada, I have seen none which compare to Morrisville’s. In terms of diversity of programs, quality of faculty and staff, depth of instruction, and “passion,” [MSC’s Renewable Energy program] is far ahead of the competition.”
Renewable Energy Technology A.A.S.
- Dedicated renewable energy teaching facility (classroom/laboratory - Renewable Energy Training Center)
- Anaerobic methane digester designed for 400 milking cows on the campus dairy farm. This is paired with a 50 kW engine/generator set with a heat recovery system.
- Algae greenhouse heated by the dairy farm's cogeneration system running on biogas
- Controlled environmental agriculture aquaponics greenhouse
- Bergey 10 kW wind turbine
- Indoor wind turbine tower safety training facility
- Energy Systems and Design stream engine micro hydroelectric turbine
- BioPro 190 biodiesel batch processor
- Wood gasification heating system
- Micro turbines for cogeneration of heat and electricity from biogas
- Lab-scale anaerobic digester
- 1-2 kW photovoltaic array
- Solar hot water system
- On-farm algae growth for lipid oil production and fish/cattle feed
- Combined aquaculture (fish production) and hydroponics (vegetable production) controlled environmental agriculture project for year-round food production (powered with biofuels)
- Galbreath micro hydroelectric system construction
- Biodiesel batch processing using campus fryer oil
Anaerobic Methane Digester
Anaerobic digestion can minimize odor, generate biogas, and allow more effective nutrient use by crops. To realize the potential energy, environmental, and cost saving benefits of anaerobic digestion, farmers need information to evaluate the energy, labor, land, and equipment costs.
The anaerobic digester project at Morrisville State College involves the design and construction of a hardtop plug-flow digester. The digester biologically treats dairy manure and other organic waste generated on campus to produce a stable effluent with improved physical, chemical, and biological characteristics. In the system, biogas (about 60% methane) is produced, captured, and combusted to generate heat and power using a 50 kW engine/generator set. A boiler that runs on either biogas or propane is also used to heat water during the startup phase of the system and anytime the engine generator set is not running.
10 kW wind turbine
In 2003, Morrisville State College installed a 10 kW wind turbine at its dairy complex. Power generated by the turbine reduces energy costs at the complex by an average of $600 per year. In addition, the wind turbine is used as a real-world laboratory for students inagricultural science, agricultural engineering and renewable resources degree programs.
At the request of the company which produces the wind turbine, the college is conducting research which compares the wind performance data in the geographical area against the productivity of the windmill.