University of Kentucky opens renewables and energy storage lab

The new facility, which was officially opened on 15th of this month is part of the University of Kentucky’s Centre for Applied Energy Research cost the US tax payer a grand total of  $15.3m in grants, part of which was awarded to help ensure the lab achieves Gold LEED certification. According to the University the facility aims to consume 50% less energy than comparable buildings, thanks to better insulation, nanogel glass , thermal energy, hi-tech sensors, and other innovations.

It will house research that will benefit Kentucky’s growing renewable energy industries, including biomass and biofuels, electrochemical energy storage, such as capacitors and batteries, plus distributed solar energy technologies.

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