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The Salmon Disease Laboratory and the Department of Microbiology strive towards energy efficiency and sustainability. In 2013 a 482 kilowatts capacity ground-mounted Solar electric (photovoltaic) array was installed adjacent to the facility. The project is a collaboration between OSU’s Sustainability Office, Solarcity, the College of Agricultural Sciences, and Department of Horticulture to which the property is assigned. The panels are tied to the grid, and provide for all the annual electrical power usage at the facility and several other OSU facilities in the area. Real time data show both solar production and power consumption at the Salmon Disease Lab site.
Effluent Sourced Heat Pumps
The recent facility upgrade has provided an increased capacity for heated water to all experimental fish tanks, and is at least 3 times more energy efficient than the old system. The state of the art design utilizes “waste” energy from the facility’s effluent and re-uses it to source a series of water sourced heat pumps. This system also has the environmental benefit of reducing any thermal load on the Willamette River.
New direct digital controls (DDC) will also eliminate the need for power thirsty compressors/pneumatic controls on automated valves, while variable frequency drive pumps allow pumps to adjust their work to fit the demand.