Episode 601: UC Davis Energy

Original Airdate: 
Monday, November 3, 2014 - Sunday, November 9, 2014
Next Airdate: 
Monday, July 11, 2016 - Sunday, July 17, 2016

Eco Company visits the University of California at Davis, one of the greenest schools in the country and they’ve got a lot going on! Riley gets things started with a tour of a brand new campus village that everyone is talking about! It has apartments, homes, stores, a pool and fitness center! It's also become a hub for UC Davis energy research programs. AND it has zero net energy as its goal.

Then...lights! Yes, lights are everywhere! That's something we probably take for granted and don't think too much about. However, Chris visits one research center that not only thinks a lot about lights…they're inventing the future! It's a whole new world where lights are smart!

Plus Riley’s got the scoop on a new facility using leftover food and other green waste to generate electricity for the school! It's a true circle of life. Produce grown on the student farm is used in the student cafeterias, where leftovers and scraps are collected and sent to the new, high tech biodigester that uses it to create electricity for the campus. Then the waste bi-product from the biodigester is utilized to make fertilizer and compost for farms. That's what we call farm to fork to fuel to farm!

Finally, Brendan goes into the lab...a wind energy lab. There he finds researchers and students working to improve the efficiency of wind turbines. They study how wind travels over the rotor blades in a high speed wind tunnel in an effort to improve the efficiency and reduce costs!