Archive for October, 2013

I have been trying to do a lot of research on the renewable energy firms in Indiana. The basic steps I took were to look up the types of Renewable Energy firms. I never knew that Indiana had a huge list of renewable energy firms and that they are divided into so many different categories as there are a lot of different components involved in a renewable energy technology.

Firms that produce batteries to provide more power, more energy and have a longer lifespan.

1) Chrome Battery

2) Enerdel Inc.,

3) Battery Xpress, Inc.

4) Bulldog Battery Corporation

5) Batteries, Com.

6) Greenworks Energy

7) Integrated Power Systems

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Firms that produce water heating systems using renewable energy sources such as Geothermal and Solar and energy efficient water pumps (Also includes some solar and wind businesses)

1)      WaterFurnace Inc.

2)      I Power Energy Systems (Water Pumps)

3)      SunWind Power Systems Inc. (Solar water heating)

4)      Bpm Service Today

5)      One Planet Solar and Wind Inc.

Firms that design and construct wind turbines and produce products which enhance the wind energy systems.

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1)      Industrial steel construction (Components of wind turbines)

2)      Kinetic Art and Technology (SEMA Motors for wind turbines)

3)      Major Tool & Machine Inc. (Wind, Hydro and Ocean Energy System Components)

4)      Phoenix Fabricators and Erectors (Wind energy towers)

5)      REO USA Inc. ( Wind Energy System Components)

6)      Estes Design and Manufacturing Inc. (Small wind energy components)

7)      Moon Fabricating Corp. (Large Wind energy towers)

8)      ECI Wind and Solar (Wind Turbines & Tower Charge Controllers)

Firms that design, construct and install Solar Energy PV panels for various residential and industrial locations. There are numerous firms which are developing and marketing solar energy as it is the next big thing in the energy markets and Indiana has a solar compatible climate. They are:

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1)      SunRise Solar (Solar Powered Ventilation)

2)      Earth-Solar Technologies Corporation

3)      River Bridge Electric (HVAC , electrical and plumbing)

4)      Garrett Energy Systems (HVAC, Solar space heating and hot water systems)

5)      Solar Wind Power Systems Inc.

6)      ECI Wind and Solar

7)      Green Alternatives Inc.

8)      Riverbridge Electric, LLC.

9)      Solar Energy Systems, LLC. (Solar and Wind Energy Systems)

10)  Whole Sun Designs Inc.

11)  GreenLink Global (LED Lighting, Mono crystalline and Poly crystalline silicon PV cells)

12)  Midwest Wind and Solar LLC.

13)  Johnson Melloh Solutions

14)  G-Tech Energy Inc. (PV Systems and other green energy products)

15)  Home Energy LLC

16)  Morton Solar & Wind LLC. (Solar , Wind and Water heating systems)

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Most of these firms provide a mix of multiple energy system products. These are not all the renewable energy firms. There are many more small scale other renewable energy firms that use bio energy and produce bio fuels, which I am going to look into. Based on these firms I am going to shortlist the firms which I feel have a plan in mind to work towards attaining sustainable communities with energy independence (by contacting them directly).

The Near Eastside Community Charrette for urban development took place at the community centre. The IU – SPEA students and the Ball State students of Urban Development, worked together to create a plan for the local residents of the community to have a sustainable development strategy. It aimed at dealing with most of the problems which the community was facing. I got a chance to attend the event on day 1 and day 2.

Day 1: We presented our slides and showed them the strategies that could be applied to help them develop their community. The residents had a lot of questions based on our presentations. For example:Questioning Time

Which option is more feasible on the Brown field? Solar or Geothermal?

Can the residents be directly benefitted from the Energy?

Can the community sell excess energy to the city of Indianapolis for powering the electric cars? (http://www.theindychannel.com/news/local-news/french-electric-vehicle-sharing-system-coming-to-indianapolis)

How can we eliminate the fear of new technology from the minds of the residents?

How can the strategies in the presentation be used to create more jobs?

Based on the questions they figured out that the three main problems the community is facing is

a)      Employment

b)      Housing

c)       Crime

These were the main outcomes from the discussions on Day 1. The Charrette on Day 2 was going to create strategies for sustainable urban development which could overcome these problems

Day 2: Three teams were made which concentrated on 3 different aspects (with a focus on the above problems). Each team had to come up with at least 3 development plans.

  Team 1: Industrial and Employment

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Team 2: Residential and Recreational

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Team 3: Energy

I was in the Energy team and thus can describe more about the strategies we came up with.

We first decided to walk to the Brownfield site so that we could get a clearer picture about what we were dealing with.

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-We observed that the back entrance on the community centre must have been a celebrated    location before, but was rarely being used in recent times.

– The sidewalks were incompletely constructed.

– The Brownfield had an E-waste plant which could be used as an asset.

– The I-70 which is near the Brownfield could be used as an asset for Solar.

Solar and Geothermal were the two Energy options which were being considered. There were different ideas such as:

– Brownfield to Solar Field: A Solar Canopy for the whole Brown field area which could be used for organizing certain events like a Farmer’s Market.

–  Solar Canopies for the parking areas of schools and other public buildings

–  Rooftop solar for public buildings such as schools & E-waste plant: Areas and the estimated energy outputs per year were calculated.

–  A Geothermal loop was being considered for the heating and cooling of residential and commercial buildings.

–  Solar Panels on the I-70 close to the community.

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–  Brown field to Eco Industrial Park: Scrap wood and saw dust from furniture waste could be recycled to produce pulp and then paper. Organic wastes could be used to produce methanol and Biogas.

–   All the above ideas would result in multiple green jobs.

–   The solar contractors would be used to train local people to manage the solar panels.

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There were various designs developed based on these ideas which can be seen in the pictures. Thus the Charrette was a great hands-on experience to learn how multiple sustainability ideas are moulded into a Sustainable Urban Design for the development of communities.