Did you know the sun produces enough energy in a single hour to last humankind for an entire year? We haven't even come close to realizing the immense power the sun makes available to us. Check out how we're already tapping into the power of the sun.
- In 2013, the University was awarded a High Performance Energy Efficiency award from the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority for the construction of the Engineering and Science Building. This facility uses geothermal heating and cooling, natural lighting, passive solar energy (there is a 127kw installation on the building's roof), and the latest technology for heat recovery and humidity control.
- The Engineering and Science Building's two-story photovoltaic wall provides opportunities for research on solar technology being developed in the Center for Autonomous Solar Power and the Center for Advanced Microelectronics Manufacturing.
- Our Center for Autonomous Solar Power is working to harness the sun's supply of renewable energy and make it an easily accessible, low-cost power source. Researchers at CASP are creating technologies that integrate solar power sources with new product designs.focuses on harnessing the sun’s supply of renewable energy and making it an easily accessible, low-cost power source. In collaboration with partners from several industries, researchers at the CASP are working to create technologies that integrate solar power sources with new product designs. Potential applications include transportation, communication systems, power generation for buildings and devices that will charge cell phones and laptops without the use of batteries.
- Binghamton uses solar-powered, pay-by-space meter systems across campus. Fitted with highly efficient solar panels and rechargeable batteries, these systems are environmentally friendly, use free energy, require less overall maintenance and offer better customer service.
- The University's Susquehanna Community has a 5kw solar panel installation that is used to heat hot water for the apartment community.