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  • Renewable/Alternative Energy Production

    Solar

    L&C installed several solar thermal panels on the roofs of campus buildings, including the Confluence Field Station and Hatheway Cultural Center, which provide hot water for sinks and showers. Solar photovoltaic panels on the Trimpe ATC provide small amounts of electricity to campus, and provide a workforce training opportunity.

    Fuel Cell fuelcell

    In 2013, it was announced that the college would be the recipient of one of the nation’s first alternative energy, state-of-the-art fuel cells, which was installed on the Godfrey campus in April 2014.

    The college was one of three Midwest schools chosen to install and operate a fuel cell.

    A fuel cell generates electricity from natural gas by a chemical reaction, which produces an electrical current that can be directed outside the cell to do work, such as powering an electric motor or illuminating a light bulb or a city.

    L&C’s fuel cell will generate 5kW power, provide a teaching opportunity for L&C faculty in an important alternative energy technology, offer Ameren a fuel cell demonstration site for its strategic partners, and provide data on fuel cell technology associated with dashboard systems for both Ameren and L&C’s Sustainability program master plan.

    The fuel cell is located outside the Hatheway Cultural Center in a gated area, and the waste heat is used to heat the Olympic-sized swimming pool inside the building.