Another hurricane season began June 1 with emergency mobile solar generators staged at 17 locations around Houston, ready to help residents do things like refrigerate crucial medicines and charge medical devices and cell phones.
Testing Solar Panels at the Port of Galveston
HARC is working to advance research in solar panel efficiency in marine environments. When sunlight travels through humid, salty air in sunny areas like the Texas Gulf Coast, the sunlight becomes dispersed and is less efficient at generating electricity. In this project HARC is partnering with the Port of Galveston and researchers at the University of Houston to install and test various solar panel coatings to determine how they perform near the coast.
The project is lead by Alex Cuclis, Research Scientist in Air Emissions and Monitoring. The University of Houston is performing tests with solar panels mounted on the Port of Galveston Cruise Terminal to determine how to increase the amount of electricity that can be generated simply by using a different kind of coating.
An unexpected result of a lawsuit by environmentalists to cut industrial air pollution went on public display this week - a trio of solar-power installations at two high schools, which HARC was instrumental in planning and constructing.
The Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC) in The Woodlands, Texas has been awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to assist public and private entities considering Combined Heat and Power (CHP).
As a result of beginning with the end in mind, HARC's headquarters is on track to achieving a Platinum Level Leaders in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification - making it the first LEED Platinum green building in The Woodlands, Texas.
HARC has partnered with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and the US Business Council for Sustainable Development to implement a private led initiative to drive investment in energy efficiency in the Houston market.