Our neighbors over at the University of California San Diego are taking the initiative and working towards maximizing their energy conservation. They boast the world’s largest commercial fuel cell, an ultra-clean and efficient cogeneration plant, and many solar panels. Using these energy efficient technologies they are able to generate 85% of their own electricity.
The university has also begun experimenting with creative new ways to create electricity. The Department of Energy/National Renewable Energy Laboratory has provided funding for the university to test 2nd life electric vehicle batteries in stationary applications. Effectively this allows cars to provide energy while at campus charging stations, creating vehicle-to-grid energy storage.
Additionally, as a part of their overarching goal to become a carbon-neutral campus by 2025, the university has begun the process of making their campus more bicycle-friendly. As a part of this plan, two new campus bike paths were completed during 2015. However, in order to build these new paths they needed to remove trees. University officials decided that in the realm of fostering a green campus, they would commit to planting two new trees for every one they took down.
UCSD is leading by example in their efforts to go green. Bright Ideas is proud of what they have accomplished so far and excited to see what’s next for our San Diego neighbors.