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The mission of Missouri S&T is to integrate education and research to create and convey knowledge to solve problems for Missouri and the technological world. The goal of Missouri S&T as defined in the Strategic Action Plan is to make the university one of the nation’s top five technological research universities by 2010. In 2008 Missouri S&T Chancellor Carney initiated the "E3=C" challenge, i.e. Energy, Environment and Education equals Civilization. Chancellor Carney noted that Missouri S&T is well qualified to tackle the critical technological problems facing US and the World: Energy, Environment, and Education and is the only university in the United States that has over 90% of its student body majoring in engineering, the sciences, mathematics, or business.
More information on the Site and Equipment can be found Here: E3 Commons Equipment Presentation (pdf)
Hydrogen Fueling Station
Missouri University of Science and Technology (Missouri S&T) is working towards making the hydrogen-powered society of the future a reality by evaluating the entire process of hydrogen production, compression, storage and dispensing. In addition, Missouri S&T is currently implementing a hydrogen-powered rural transit test bed under an initial grant provided by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) with additional support being provided by the Federal Transit Administration (FTA), Ford Motor Company, Gas Technology Institute (GTI), and the Missouri S&T National University Transportation Center. There is a potential that in the future each region may use a different combination of resources to produce hydrogen depending on local resource availability. The station consists of several leading technologies including an on-site steam methane reformer and electrolyzer, steel and carbon composite storage tanks, a 350 bar hydrogen dispenser and a stationary polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) fuel cell. Further, by integrating on-site solar and wind energy into the test bed, this site demonstrates that hydrogen is not just a clean-fuel, but that it can be produced through renewable, energy-efficient means.
The Missouri S&T EcoCAR garage will serve as the headquarters for the Missouri S&T EcoCAR team. Within the garage students will gain real-world, hands-on experience by transforming a standard production vehicle into a state-of-the-art-car utilizing cutting edge power train technologies. The EcoCAR garage is equipped with the necessary equipment for the team to build a re-engineered student vehicle prototype (within 2 years of production readiness) which minimizes energy consumption, emissions, and greenhouse gases while maintaining the vehicle’s utility, safety, and performance.
Renewable Energy Transit Depot
The Missouri S&T Renewable Energy Transit Depot is a new "green-building" fabricated from four recycled shipping containers. The overall design emphasizes state-of-the-art strategies for sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, material and resource selection, and indoor environmental quality. This transit depot is a multifunctional building acting as the terminus of the hydrogen shuttle bus service, home of the EcoCAR team offices and training space, architectural wind turbines and a solar photovoltaic canopy. Architectural wind turbines provide an attractive and cost effective renewable energy technology option when installed on buildings. The utilization of green building design concepts (such as the solar canopy) and construction methods provide immediate and measurable results for building owners and occupants.
EBus Charging Station
The E3 Commons houses the proprietary charging station for the Missouri S&T EBus.