Facilities

The Center for the Advancement of Sustainable Energy is housed within a suite of offices at 1401 Technology Drive, where CASE is administered and our inventory of outreach and educational resources are stored. This site also features a 4,000-square-foot high bay space that stores meteorological towers that are deployed to collect wind measurements. Other equipment include two remote-sensing wind profilers, an environmental chamber, wind tunnels used for educational purposes, and other systems. A variety of model wind turbines are displayed in this space.

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CASE also maintains a small dedicated laboratory and shares a large high-bay space in the EnGeo building on the east campus of JMU. This space serves primarily undergraduate and graduate students and is equipped with an array of infrared imaging and detection equipment, a PLC-controlled Lotus Wind Turbine Trainer, Amatrol Nacelle and Hub Wind Turbine Trainers by Amatrol, and a K.H. Steuernagel Solar Simulation System.

Small Wind Training and Testing Facility
TTF from Library
Powerwise Display

The Small Wind Training and Testing Facility (SWTTF) was commissioned in 2012 and has supported tours for thousands of students from universities as well as from middle and high schools, and from citizens as well. These tours teach about how wind and solar energy can be integrated into our everyday lives.

The SWTTF offers an independent testing capability for the region, the next nearest small wind testing facility is situated at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. This facility is useful for characterizing and field-testing new technologies, attracting wind manufacturing to Virginia, and providing students the means to acquire skills associated with wind power technologies. 

SWTTF

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SWTTF Equipment and Facilities

  • Bergey XL-R 7.5-kW turbine
  • Rohn 120-ft lattice tower
  • System hybridized with 750 W of solar photovoltaics (PV)
  • LED Interior and exterior lighting
  • Facility can operate in net-metering, grid-backed, or islanded mode

The SWTTF is equipped with a robust suite of measuring and monitoring equipment including:

  • Six (6) spinning cup anemometers, four (4) wind vanes, two (2) 3-D sonic sensors, sensors installed at three elevations and along two radii
  • Campbell Scientific CR1000 data logger and extended data storage
  • WeatherBug Professional weather station with hi-definition camera
  • All systems are web-interfaced

 

Future Facility Updates

  • PowerWise online dashboard presents power generation statistics and building energy usage
  • Meteorological tower available for installer training
  • Two (2) tilt-up Skystream 2.4-kW turbines for installer training

 

To arrange a tour of the facility contact Remy Pangle, 540-568-8768, panglerm@jmu.edu. Download TTF Tour Flyer.

CISE Solar Energy Plant
ISAT Solar

The CISE Solar Energy Plant (CSEP) features a rated generating capacity of 10 kilowatts (kW) has been producing clean power on the JMU campus since 2003. The CSEP comprises 225 individual photovoltaic (PV) panels on 15 racks, with each thin-film panel able to produce up to 45 watts. This facility connects directly and provides clean power to the ISAT/CS building. A project is underway to replace these older panels with new, state-of-the-art technology which will result in a four- to five-fold increase in generating capacity by 2020.

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