SUNY Morrisville is investing in new and renovated experiential learning facilities, including a $16 million Agricultural and Clean Energy Technology (ACET) Center. This new 30,000-square-foot applied learning technology building will serve as the home to our renewable energy and diesel technology programs and will include state-of-the-art wind, solar, hydro, geothermal and bio-fuels labs, a diesel technology garage and lab space capable of servicing heavy construction and agricultural equipment, as well as long haul tractor and trailer assemblies.
Lab facilities in the new building include:
- Solar Lab (PV and thermal): Features three indoor roofs, pole-mount, ground-mount and ballast-mount arrays for photovoltaic and solar hot water systems.
- 85 kW solar PV array: Ground-mounted array for on-site energy production, providing a real-world laboratory for commercial solar installation, design and permitting.
- Wind & Hydro Lab: Features wind turbines up to 50 kW in size and five (5) micro hydroelectricity turbine systems.
- Tower Climbing Lab: Wind and telecom climbing safety lab featuring three (3) 35-ft. tall indoor towers and an outdoor 80-ft. tall tower.
- Thermal Energy Lab: Features geothermal and air-source heat pumps, high-efficiency biomass boilers, hydronics “backbone” with thermal storage, hydronic heat emitters and forced air ductwork stations.
- Biofuels Lab: A dedicated chemistry lab for biofuels production and testing (e.g. biodiesel, ethanol and biogas)
- Biomass Processing Lab: Features grinding, drying, extraction and related biomass preparation and processing equipment for biofuels and bioproducts.
- Diesel Technology Lab, Agricultural Engineering Lab, Hydraulics and Powertrain Lab: These three large labs have increased capacity for heavy equipment, agricultural equipment and over-the-road trucks. The facility also features a Hydraulics Bench Lab and Equipment Wash Bay (indoor and outdoor).
- The building also includes a computer classroom, conventional lecture classroom, faculty offices, conference room and lounge.