USMMA Solar-Hydrogen House

Solar hydrogen house at USMMA

Solar hydrogen house at USMMA

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.”

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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.

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