Temecula, CA – Opto 22 has awarded an “OptoGreen Grant” to the State University of New York’s New Paltz School of Science and Engineering to fund its projects with The Solar Energy Consortium (TSEC), which call for “The Greening of New York State Farms.”
Professor Michael Otis of SUNY New Paltz’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) and a team of his students are collaborating with TSEC, a group of private and public institutions focused on researching and developing new ways to deliver solar energy, to initiate pilot projects at Wright’s Apple Farm in Gardiner, NY, and Davenport’s Farm in Stone Ridge, NY.
Specifically, Opto 22 SNAP PAC Systems will optimize packing processes as well as the chilling and humidification processes of cold storage coolers to reduce peak demand. Additionally, the open-loop control method being utilized by the defrost mechanisms for these coolers (which currently rely on a timer) will be replaced by the SNAP PAC’s closed-loop (sensor-based) system. Finally, the SNAP PAC System will be used to monitor and acquire data from the farms’ newly installed solar PV and geothermal systems.
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