Tyson Research Center is a remote field research facility of Washington University in St. Louis that experiences frequent electrical outages due to grid failures, inhibiting its ability to carry out vital research. Tyson aspires to develop a more reliable power system while minimizing their carbon footprint in the process.
In 2017, WashU’s Solar Decathlon team designed the CRETE House, a residential unit that was to be permanently installed at the Tyson Research Center. However, after competing in the Solar Decathlon, the project was demolished and materials, including an array of 31 SunPower solar panels and a Tesla Powerwall, were left in possession of Tyson.
The purpose of this project is to determine a cost-efficient way to incorporate these components salvaged from the CRETE house into Tyson’s campus in order to reduce their grid reliance and further their commitment to environmental preservation.
We partnered with EFS Energy, a local St. Louis Solar Design Company, to gain experience using industry-grade solar design software and receive guidance for the installation process of the system.