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Clean Transportation Public Education Campaign Launched

Posted on: December 19th, 2013 by shannonhelm No Comments

 

For Immediate Release

December 18th, 2013

 

Program aims to reduce transportation related emissions

 

Raleigh, N.C. – Seven  billboard designs  were unveiled on December 18th  as part of   a two year educational campaign that will include a minimum of 130 outdoor advertising displays to be placed in the 24 North Carolina counties with air pollution concerns  related to  national ambient air quality standards. The N.C. Solar Center, working with the N.C. Outdoor Advertising Association, is conducting the campaign to raise awareness about opportunities to decrease transportation related emissions through alternative fuels, efficiency and conservation.  N.C. Department of Transportation Secretary Tony Tata was a featured speaker along with Representative Nelson Dollar and Senator Josh Stein at the event.
North Carolinians with diabetes, cardio-vascular and lung disease, along with the young and old are especially sensitive to the effects of poor air quality.  Alternative fuels and smart travel options, including bicycle and pedestrian opportunities are transportation technology solutions that reduce emissions and support fuel conservation and diversity. They can also help save drivers money. “Public awareness and education are essential to our efforts to reduce transportation-related emissions across the state,” said Tata. “This billboard campaign helps reach motorists while they are actually driving to encourage them to take steps toward implementing clean transportation.”

The N.C. Solar Center at N.C. State University, with support from the N.C. Department of Transportation and partners, is organizing the public education media campaign that includes outdoor advertising and other print and electronic media as part of the $6.2 M Clean Fuel Advanced Technology Project. CFAT is focused on reducing transportation related emissions in NC counties that do not meet national air quality standards. The three year project covers education/outreach, sub-award funding to purchase clean transportation technology, and recognition of exemplary activities.

Click here to learn more and review all the billboard designs.

 

About the NC Solar Center

The North Carolina Solar Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, green energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. For more information about the N.C. Solar Center visit: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu.  Twitter: @NCSolarCenter

 

 

 

 Media Contact: Shannon Helm, N.C. Solar Center, 919-423-8340shannon_helm@ncsu.edu

Project Contact: Anne Tazewell, N.C. Solar Center, 919-513-7831anne_tazewell@ncsu.edu

N.C. Solar Center Receives SRCC Approval as Solar Thermal Collector Test Lab

Posted on: December 4th, 2013 by shannon No Comments
Becomes the fifth lab in the United States

 

Raleigh, N.C. – The Solar Rating and Certification Corporation (SRCC) approved the N.C. Solar Center Test Lab to perform testing of solar thermal collectors (aka solar hot water panels) for SRCC OG-100 certification, making it just the fifth such lab in the United States. This collector certification is the market standard and is required for a residential solar hot water system to be eligible to receive the federal 30 percent renewable energy tax credit. Recently, the test lab also received ISO 17025 accreditation from A2LA, which is a quality standard for testing laboratories (similar to ISO 9000, but for testing and calibration laboratories). The accredited testing includes a series of quality and performance tests, such as a pressure test, an impact test and an efficiency test. The lab is now accepting requests from manufacturers for this accredited testing.

In addition to the accredited testing of flat plate and evacuated tube solar thermal collectors, the lab also offers a wide range of custom testing of solar thermal, as well as photovoltaic technologies. Such testing is useful to firms developing new technologies that need trusted independent performance data, or large solar purchasers looking to validate the performance and quality of a product they are considering purchasing. The lab’s capabilities range from low temperature solar air heating panels, to high temperature concentrating solar, and to field performance of photovoltaic modules and inverters. N.C. Solar Center engineers perform the testing; however the lab does offer N.C. State students opportunities to support testing and the development of new testing capabilities, such as a current mechanical engineering graduate student working to develop solar tank and heat exchanger test systems.

The N.C. Solar Center is within the College of Engineering at N.C. State University, and has performed solar product testing since the 1990’s; however this is the first time it has applied for ISO 17025 accreditation or SRCC approval. The motivation to become accredited, which required a major laboratory overhaul, came from a significant testing backlog that occurred due to expanded federal tax credits for solar, and the ensuing influx of new collectors in the U.S. market that needed testing and certification to be eligible for the tax credits. That backlog has since dissipated, but the need for testing of solar thermal collectors to verify performance and quality remains. A Green Business Fund grant from the N.C. Department of Commerce made the development of the lab possible, but required additional investment from the Center to complete the lab upgrades.

The N.C. Solar Center Test lab may be reached at solarcentertestlab@ncsu.edu or 919-513-0418. More information is available at go.ncsu.edu/solartesting.

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

About the North Carolina Solar Center

The North Carolina Solar Center, as part of the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University, advances a sustainable energy economy by educating, demonstrating and providing support for clean energy technologies, practices, and policies. It serves as a resource for innovative, green energy technologies through technology demonstration, technical assistance, outreach and training. For more information about the N.C. Solar Center visit: http://www.ncsc.ncsu.edu.  Twitter: @NCSolarCenter

 

Media Contact: Shannon Helm, N.C. Solar Center, 919-423-8340, shannon_helm@ncsu.edu