Kennesaw State sees bright future in solar power


Kennesaw State sees bright future in solar power

KENNESAW, Ga. (May 6, 2016) — Excerpt of Article: It’s not unusual to find alternative lifestyle activities on or around college campuses. But, at Georgia’s Kennesaw State University, the word “alternative” refers to new types of energy systems.

The school is home to the Alternative Energy Innovation Center (AEIC). It focuses on renewable energy conversion, storage and delivery.

“The AEIC was established seven years ago to explore new ideas and techniques for generating and storing energy in a more sustainable way,” says Scott Tippens, a professor of renewable energy and digital system design at Kennesaw State who serves as AEIC director. “We have three major focus areas: research, student education and community outreach.”

The center is currently focusing on photovoltaic, solar thermal and energy storage systems. “We are not limited to these technologies, however, and encourage any interested faculty member to pursue other energy-related projects,” Tippens points out.

“Our whole mission revolves around innovation and we seek out projects that we believe have not been widely pursued,” explains Tippens. “One example is our cell-tracking solar panel system." 

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A leader in innovative teaching and learning, Kennesaw State University offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees to its nearly 43,000 students. With 11 colleges on two metro Atlanta campuses, Kennesaw State is a member of the University System of Georgia. The university’s vibrant campus culture, diverse population, strong global ties and entrepreneurial spirit draw students from throughout the country and the world. Kennesaw State is a Carnegie-designated doctoral research institution (R2), placing it among an elite group of only 6 percent of U.S. colleges and universities with an R1 or R2 status. For more information, visit