Dedicated to environmental ethics, The Fox Cities EnvironmentalÂ Learning Center at Bubolz Nature Preserve is known for its commitment to environmental ethics. In fact, in 1981, Bubolz experimented with Â solar, wind and geothermal to energize its facilities. Â The new learning center or â€ślabâ€ť is anÂ 18,000 square foot lodge which Â a new Â microgrid energizes â€śby way of solar photovoltaics, energy storage,Â a fuel cell, microturbine and a natural gas generator,â€ť according to Â a new white paper.Â
The preserveâ€™s dedication to efficiency and commitment to the environment Â an even more front and center focus when the center become home to the Â aforementioned microgrid â€” one of the most sophisticated â€” developed in partnership withÂ Schneider Electric, in partnership with Faith Technologies.
The pair released a reportÂ recently that outlined in detail the process, constructions, goals and more of theÂ advanced microgrid that operates as aÂ learning lab for the average Â 100,000-plus visitors expected at the Appleton,Â Wisc., preserve each year.
The key to this microgrid, according to the new report, is that it offers an â€ťÂ opportunity forÂ important research and development.â€ť
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 â€śpass the knowledge on to the growing clean energy industry and its customers.â€ť
The goal of the project, according to the two companies, was to lower energy costs at the nature preserve with a sustainable solution â€” and create a clean energy research and development facility.
The solution decided upon by the reserve and the developers?Â An advanced microgrid with five formsÂ of distributed energy resources.
â€śItâ€™s a wonderful opportunity and fits well with our mission.Â Environmental sustainability is what we do. Itâ€™s who we are. WeÂ specialize in environmental education, and the microgrid bringsÂ a whole new dimension to what we can offer,â€ť â€” Randy Tuma, executive director of Fox Cities Environmental Learning Center atÂ 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 aÂ test lab and providesÂ a learning opportunity for otherÂ 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 â€świde range of activities from school field trips toÂ birding to dogsledding on its 700 acres.â€ť
Download the new white paper, courtesy of Schneider Electric, Â â€śAdvanced Microgrid Serves as a Learning Lab,â€ťÂ which explores how an advanced microgrid serves a learning lab atÂ Bubolz Nature Preserve, including its design, goals, economic benefits and more.