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The EcoDistrict is a one-of-a-kind place to see technology in action. Energy is produced and also conserved. Special programs help this area produce less waste, making a smaller environmental footprint for the thousands of visitors each year. Some of the technologies are new and some have been used in the United States for over one hundred years. There is no other place in the country where you can go to see all of these technologies and sustainability programs working together.

Solar Photovoltaic

Solar photovoltaic (PV) installations are solar cells that convert sunlight into electricity.

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Solar Thermal

Solar thermal panels capture heat from the sun to heat water, which is a form of thermal energy. This is different from solar photovoltai...

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Biomass

Biomass is organic material which has stored sunlight in the form of chemical energy. Forms of biomass include wood waste, straw, manure,...

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Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency includes all possible methods, techniques and principles that could lead to more efficient energy use and help decrease...

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District Energy

District heating is a technology that most people know very little about. Probably because the pipes that connect the energy source to th...

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Combined Heat and Power

A power plant generates electricity by using steam to push a turbine. After the steam pushes the turbine, there is still energy left in t...

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Thermal Storage

A thermal storage tank is basically a large battery or thermos for hot or cold water. Hot or cold water provides thermal energy and can b...

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Snow Melt

With snow melt technology you don’t have to scoop the snow or chip away the ice. Snow melt systems melt snow and ice by warming sid...

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Electric Vehicles

Electric vehicles use an electric motor to drive the gearbox and wheels in a car, instead of using a gasoline motor. The electric motor i...

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Heat Recovery

Electricity eventually changes into heat as it flows through lights, computers and all sorts of equipment. Large modern buildings use lo...

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Waste Reduction

While tossing a glass bottle or aluminum can into a garbage can instead of a recycling bin may seem irrelevant in the grand scheme of thi...

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