Student's green-energy presentations part of new Quest track

SUNY Oswego senior meteorology major Frankie Carlevatti will discuss options for Oswego to incorporate green energy as part of Quest’s daylong “Energy, Environment and Society” session April 22.

Working with Al Stamm, professor and chair of earth sciences, Carlevatti explored such campus renewable energy options as small-scale wind, solar and lake-related technologies. The project was supported by one of the college’s Student-Faculty Collaborative Challenge Grants.

“My presentation on small-scale wind production will address wind flow around buildings and different types of building-mounted wind turbines,” Carlevatti said of “Small-Scale Wind-Power Generation on the SUNY Oswego Campus,” at noon April 22 in the Campus Center auditorium.

Carlevatti, working with other students, has spent months collecting and analyzing data on wind speed and direction around campus, often using a hand-held anemometer.

For his afternoon session, “The Feasibility of Green Energy on the SUNY Oswego Campus,” Carlevatti said he will reference his research “on using the sun as a source of power and/or a method of heating water” as well as “introduce the concept of lake-water heating and cooling for buildings on campus.” That presentation is slated for 2:45 p.m. in Room 205 of the Campus Center.

His research also included exploring funding options, identifying successful existing projects and perusing related texts and scholarly journals.

“I feel it is important for SUNY Oswego to be aggressive in assessing our resources and implementing green technologies,” Carlevatti explained. “I would like my research to be a steppingstone and create opportunities for students to conduct their own research regarding alternative energy and green technologies.”

The daylong sustainability sequence, in the Campus Center auditorium throughout the morning and Room 205 in the afternoon, also features two keynote speakers. Carrier Corp. Technology Fellow John Vasselli will discuss “Global Challenges to America’s Future” at 9 a.m. At 10 a.m., Binghamton University professor and researcher M. Stanley Whittingham, who helped develop the lithium battery, will explore “A Cleaner and Energy-Independent America through Science and Public Participation.”

Other sessions under “Energy, Environment and Society” will address the business of sustainability, related wind-generation ideas, biodiesel options and students involved in the PowerShift green-energy lobbying effort in Washington, D.C., earlier this semester.

The chief purpose of this track “is to share new frontiers on this issue with the Oswego population,” said organizer Alok Kumar, professor and chair of physics. “This global issue requires global involvement which means that each individual community must improve the ways they live, protect the environment, and pass the mother earth in a healthy condition to the next generation.”

Quest is SUNY Oswego’s annual daylong celebration of scholarly and creative activities. All of Quest’s 275 sessions are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

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(Posted: Apr 15, 2009)

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