Startup Installs Innovative Solar Tech at Cornell
The rooftop of the Guterman Research Center at Cornell University is sporting a new solar thermal system designed and installed by Skyven Technologies, the 2017 grand prize winner of the 76West Clean Energy Competition, which was supported by the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) and administered by the Southern Tier Startup Alliance.
Comprised of 50 new solar collector panels, the system uses an innovative mirror technology, as opposed to conventional photovoltaic cells, to capture sunlight and turn it into thermal energy that will help heat the facility’s water distribution network and reduce its reliance on campus steam. The intelligent mirror array is the first of its kind on Cornell’s campus.
This update to the Guterman—which houses research and teaching labs, growth chambers, controlled atmosphere storage rooms, and greenhouse facilities—is expected to annually reduce campus steam consumption by 122 million BTUs and offset approximately 4% of the facility’s summer heat load.
Read the full story in the Cornell Chronicle to learn more about Skyven Technologies’ and its solar thermal system at Cornell.