UNC Exploring the Future of Electricity

Yes I know, 3 days until NASA. Well during that time I decided to attend the workshop given by the UNC Institute for the Environment. It is being held at the North Carolina Botanical Garden which is a green facility that has been awarded the Platinum LEED certification, something they are very proud of. The day started with a brief summary of the electricity fundamentals given by David McNelis. He covered a large amount of material that focused on the efficiency of the production of electricity. Discussion included coal and nuclear power two forms of production that produce our electricity in North Carolina. After his discussion we completed some activities that can be used in the classroom, they are posted on the UNC Institute of the Environment website. One of the interesting websites given as a resource for energy production was the EPA’s Power Profiler.

The day continued with a tour of the UNC Co-generation coal plant and then a talk about Biomass as an alternative source for producing electricity. This topic is still be debated on by many. It seems Europe already has started using this type of fuel for producing electricity. Dennis Hazel from NC State did an awesome job in explaining what Biomass was and how it was produced. There are more questions than answers when it comes to using Biomass instead of coal.

The day was very interesting and I came away with information that I can use right away in the classroom. Tomorrow is another day, and I will be blogging about that. I hope to have some pictures of the Gardens.

Good Night

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About rippie77

Science Teacher at Cardinal Gibbons High School, Raleigh NC.

Posted on July 14, 2011, in Teacher Workshop and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

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