Suitability Map of Dalhousie’s Studley Campus Renewable Energy Potential
Soontiens Olsen, Alexandria
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The objective of the completed project was to create an asset map that underlines Dalhousie University's potential to harness solar and wind energy on Studley Campus. In an effort to contribute to the advancement of sustainable initiatives within the university , t he developed project can be referenced and further utilized by facilities management as part of a guideline for potential future development endeavours. A suitability analysis was performed based on primary and secondary data to determine the percentage of the maximum available total solar and wind gain over an average year. The tools that were most appropriate in measuring the potential for the campus to harness different forms of renewable energy technologies were LiDAR, GIS mapping, Digital Elevation Models, Google maps, and the energy usage of Dalhousie buildings. The resulting GIS maps found the areas that met the requirements suitable for potential solar installation exceeded the areas suitable for potential wind installation. The Killam Library, Mona Campbell Building, Life Science Centre, and the Public Archives were the buildings that had significant positive results. In conclusion, the project found that Dalhousie has tremendous potential to harness solar energy. It is recommended that Dalhousie allocate funding for the implementation of more renewable energy sources, and conduct further research pertaining to the economic feasibility of these energy sources.