On April 12, 2014 ten ERE students traveled to SUNY-Morrisville to learn more about renewable energy and sustainable development as part of SUNY-ESF’s Engineering For A Sustainable Society (ESS).  From previous collaboration with Dr. Hofmeyer, Assistant Professor at SUNY Morrisville and SUNY-ESF alum, concerning the renewable energy project that the club is leading in the Adean Highlands of Peru, a workshop was scheduled to teach fellow students the basics of small scale hydropower.

The team travelled out on a beautiful Saturday morning and walked to Galbreath Farm which is home to remaining infrastructure from the previous supply of the community’s drinking water. A longstanding dam and broad crested weir at the top reaches of a small hill fed into several settling tanks and was modified to be combined with a penstock system. With Dr. Hofmeyer and Ryan Storke’s guidance, ERE students were able to assemble a completed pipeline with vacuum release that directed flow to the microturbine system. Beginning at 10am, ERE students worked hard and got their hands dirty learning about the production of electricity through the utilization of natural resources, completing the installation by 2 in the afternoon.

Dr. Hofmeyer has installed several micro-hydro systems throughout upstate New York and the ERE students are grateful for his guidance and support during the workshop. The technical skills gained will help our ESS club progress in their renewable energy project in Abra Malaga, Peru.

Figure 1 - The ERE team at the Renewable Energy Training Center at SUNY Morrisville (Kiana Morse, Ethan Bodnaruk, Xiaoyu Chen, Jeremy Driscoll, Kristine Ellsworth, Ashlyn Maurer, Thomas Decker…not pictured Ross Mazur, Alex Caven, Ani Zipkin).

Figure 1 – The ERE team at the Renewable Energy Training Center at SUNY Morrisville (Kiana Morse, Ethan Bodnaruk, Xiaoyu Chen, Jeremy Driscoll, Kristine Ellsworth, Ashlyn Maurer, Thomas Decker…not pictured Ross Mazur, Alex Caven, Ani Zipkin).

Figure 2 - On site waterfall that shows the drop in elevation needed for hydropower production.

Figure 2 – On site waterfall that shows the drop in elevation needed for hydropower production.

Figure 3 - Existing dam and weir that provides storage and containment for flow.

Figure 3 – Existing dam and weir that provides storage and containment for flow.

Figure 4 - Due to sedimentation during winter, Alex, Jeremy, Ani, and Dr. Hofmeyer dig out the pit where the micro-turbine will lie above.

Figure 4 – Due to sedimentation during winter, Alex, Jeremy, Ani, and Dr. Hofmeyer dig out the pit where the micro-turbine will lie above.

Figure 5- The team hard at work assembling the penstock.

Figure 5- The team hard at work assembling the penstock.

Figure 6 - The beautiful micro-turbine with a harmonious hum, producing renewable energy.

Figure 6 – The beautiful micro-turbine with a harmonious hum, producing renewable energy.

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