CleanTech OC Weekly

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Three lessons from the Blackout Bowl
It’s safe to say that the electrical systems supervisor is not the person that Superdome officials wanted the world’s media to be talking about the morning after the Super Bowl. For 34 dimly lit minutes, starting early in the third quarter, that person’s competence was one of the many things that the more than one billion people watching the game were discussing. There’s a lot we don’t know about exactly what happened when the lights went out in the Super Bowl. But here’s what we do know...
The NFL is making an effort to be more sustainable and has encouraged teams to follow their lead. In 2014, the San Francisco 49ers are attempting to build the first football stadium with LEED certification. While the 49ers may be the first to achieve LEED certification, the Philadelphia Eagles’ Lincoln Financial Field has three megawatts of solar, twenty micro-wind turbines and a 7.6-megawatt dual-fuel cogeneration plant. Over at FedEx Field in Washington, D.C., a two-megawatt solar installation is enough to power the stadium on a non-game day. Check out what professional sports teams are doing to “green the games.”

In November of 2012, the Advanced Power and Energy Program (APEP) at UC Irvine deployed two Toyota Fuel Cell Vehicles to the Irvine Company. Presently, five individual drivers from two departments within the Irvine Company are expected to be using the vehicles. To fuel up, drivers are using UC Irvine’s very own hydrogen fueling station and will also have access to the Orange County Sanitation District (OCSD) hydrogen fueling station, which dispenses bio-hydrogen produced from wastewater.

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