This month the University of Groningen (UG) will install a huge field of 1,700 solar panels in the north of Zernike Campus Groningen. The renewable energy thus generated will be used to supply nearby research equipment. The field is located between the KVI Center for Advanced Radiation Technology (Cart) and EnTranCe. It is expected to generate around 5,400 MWh, which is roughly equivalent to the energy consumed by 120 households per year. The panels start operating in September 2017.
The energy generated will be supplied directly to research equipment for KVI-Cart, including huge machines such as laser installations and the AGOR particle accelerator, used to accelerate atomic nuclei to speeds approaching half the speed of light. Generally speaking, research equipment of this type uses a lot of energy, much of which will now be renewable.
The University of Groningen is working hard to raise its level of sustainability, with regard to both teaching & research, and business operations, renovation and new building projects. The UG is currently 15th in the Greenmetric Ranking of World Universities.
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