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Fort Drum Wins Award for Solarizing Base Buildings with SolarWall® Technology

Press Release
Released on May 17 2010

Albany, NY; May 17, 2010—Fort Drum has received the 2010 Best Federal Government Project  of the Year Award by the New York Solar Energy Industries Association (NYSEIA) for their ongoing commitment to using the SolarWall® technology on the base.   The award was presented to a representative of Fort Drum at the opening ceremony of the NYSEIA conference in Albany, NY on May 12.

The military base of Fort Drum in upstate NY is home to the world’s largest collection of solar air heated buildings. There have been over 55 SolarWall® systems - totaling over 125,000 ft2 of collector area - installed on over 30+ military buildings since 2006. The systems are projected to eliminate over 2,000 tons of CO2 each year and generate fuel savings of over 44 million BTU/h (46,000 GJ) per year. The tremendous magnitude of this project highlights the energy contribution and GHG displacement that is possible when solar air heating is used as a mainstream energy choice.

Another benefit to the SolarWall® projects at Fort Drum that was highlighted is the local employment that has been created in the Watertown area as a result of the ongoing nature of the installations.

This project was one of the reasons why the U.S. Corp of Military Engineers identified the SolarWall® technology as being one of two cost-effective solar technologies ideally suited for military buildings, which are one of the largest users of energy in the USA.

Technology Background:
The SolarWall® technology delivers one of the verifiably fastest solar paybacks. It is a solar air heating system that heats incoming ventilation air for commercial, industrial, and institutional buildings, as well as for crop and process drying applications. It was invented by Conserval, who commercialized solar air heating around the world.  It substantially reduces traditional heating fuel expenses in a building integrated system which requires no maintenance and has a 30+ year lifespan. It has been used on thousands of projects in over 30+ countries around the world for private and public sector organizations like the US Army, Canadian Government, NASA, Prologis, Ford, FedEx, Wal-Mart, Jaguar/Land Rover, Owens Corning, 3M, and many more.

The SolarWall® technology has been recognized for its efficiency by the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), Natural Resources Canada, Popular Science Magazine, R&D Magazine, the World Green Business Award, and NY’s own Governor through a technology award conferred on Conserval Systems in October of 2009.


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