Advanced Microgrid System Serves to Accelerate New ‘Learning Lab’ at Bubolz Nature Preserve in Wisconsin – Microgrid Knowledge

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Dedicated to environmental ethics, The Fox Cities Environmental Learning Center at Bubolz Nature Preserve is known for its commitment to environmental ethics. In fact, in 1981, Bubolz experimented with  solar, wind and geothermal to energize its facilities.  The new learning center or “lab” is an 18,000 square foot lodge which  a new  microgrid energizes “by way of solar photovoltaics, energy storage, a fuel cell, microturbine and a natural gas generator,” according to  a new white paper. 

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The preserve’s dedication to efficiency and commitment to the environment  an even more front and center focus when the center become home to the  aforementioned microgrid — one of the most sophisticated — developed in partnership with Schneider Electric, in partnership with Faith Technologies.

The pair released a report recently that outlined in detail the process, constructions, goals and more of the advanced microgrid that operates as a learning lab for the average  100,000-plus visitors expected at the Appleton, Wisc., preserve each year.

The key to this microgrid, according to the new report, is that it offers an ” opportunity for important research and development.”

In other words, it works to demonstrate some of the latest technology and methods for microgrid operations.

According to Schneider Electric, part of the aim for the project it to “pass the knowledge on to the growing clean energy industry and its customers.”

The goal of the project, according to the two companies, was to lower energy costs at the nature preserve with a sustainable solution — and create a clean energy research and development facility.

The solution decided upon by the reserve and the developers? An advanced microgrid with five forms of distributed energy resources.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity and fits well with our mission. Environmental sustainability is what we do. It’s who we are. We specialize in environmental education, and the microgrid brings a whole new dimension to what we can offer,” — Randy Tuma, executive director of Fox Cities Environmental Learning Center at Bubolz Nature Preserve.

Schneider Electric and Faith Technologies developed a microgrid solution that works to lower energy costs, provides new educational experiences at the preserve and also acts as a test lab and provides a learning opportunity for other microgrid customers.

The microgrid also serves as a new draw for a variety of environmentallyevironmentally-focusedfocused groups to visit and explore the center. The updated preserve offers a “wide range of activities from school field trips to birding to dogsledding on its 700 acres.”

Download the new white paper, courtesy of Schneider Electric,  “Advanced Microgrid Serves as a Learning Lab,”  which explores how an advanced microgrid serves a learning lab at Bubolz Nature Preserve, including its design, goals, economic benefits and more.

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