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CENTER STRAFFORD, N.H. – ERDC Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory (CRREL), Construction Engineering Research Laboratory (CERL) and the New Hampshire Army National Guard (NH ARNG) are conducting a meteorological study for the possible development of a net-zero (energy) training facility in Center Strafford, N.H.
The work, which started in the fourth quarter of FY11, involved the installation of a 34-meter meteorological tower onsite to monitor icing, wind speed and direction at several heights above ground level, and turbulence. The project involved NH ARNG personnel for tower installation and monitoring. ERDC will analyze the icing and wind data after a year of data collection and the NH ARNG will then use that analysis to decide if a wind turbine could potentially meet the site’s energy needs.
The meteorological study is scheduled for completion in September 2013. "This is one of many steps the New Hampshire National Guard is taking towards its net-zero energy goals," said the ARNG Project Officer Maj. Steven Hall.
Net Zero energy means an installation or building produces as much energy as it consumes, resulting in a net usage of zero.