USMMA Solar-Hydrogen House
Congratulations to U.S. Merchant Marine Academy Midshipman Haven Hoffman for receiving the Department of Energy’s “Excellence in Energy” Award.
“Using data collected from instrumentation installed in the [USMMA’s] solar-hydrogen home, Hoffman conducted a study to evaluate the practicality of installing solar panels onboard the USMMA training vessel T/V Kings Pointer(ex M/V Liberty Star) to supply renewable electrical power to the vessel while in port. In addition, the feasibility of a pier-side solar-panel system that would supply the T/V Kings Pointer with shore power during periods when the vessel is at the dock was also evaluated.”
The solar-hydrogen house at the USMMA was dedicated in June 2006 and is still serving its purpose as an education and research facility for the academy’s alternative energy program.