Event Title

Milwaukee's Energy Grid Re-imagined

Mentor 1

James Wasley

Start Date

16-4-2021 12:00 AM

Description

In doing research with Professor James Wasley over the past year, I was tasked with de-centralizing and “greening” Milwaukee’s energy production. The objective with this research project is to conceptualize the scale necessary for a completely carbon neutral and resilient energy grid either within or near to the city. Within the context of a globe that is warming (due to the greenhouse effect), it is important to pursue efforts that will reduce CO2 emissions and build resiliency within the system. Aligning with the goals of our current administration, this is no longer a far-off dream, but a plausible and necessary proposal. Without a massive re-direct in Milwaukee’s current energy infrastructure, one of Wisconsin’s biggest cities will continue to aggravate already rising global temperatures. Through an extensive interviewing process with experts, a dive into the internet, and work with the ArcGIS mapping program, I compiled a database with all the resources needed to understand energy issues from a systems lens. This means I was able to gain an understanding of the hydrology, geography, history, and ecology of Milwaukee before designing. Through my involvement in this area of study, I have learned that this wholistic, or systems view, is necessary to make effective and lasting change. In this presentation, you will see diagrams, site plans, and renderings that should provide a clear picture of how a project like this could fit into the city’s existing fabric and surrounding environment. With a variety of possible energy sources (windmills and solar panels) and several options for configurations, this project will provide the flexibility necessary for it to be appealing.

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Apr 16th, 12:00 AM

Milwaukee's Energy Grid Re-imagined

In doing research with Professor James Wasley over the past year, I was tasked with de-centralizing and “greening” Milwaukee’s energy production. The objective with this research project is to conceptualize the scale necessary for a completely carbon neutral and resilient energy grid either within or near to the city. Within the context of a globe that is warming (due to the greenhouse effect), it is important to pursue efforts that will reduce CO2 emissions and build resiliency within the system. Aligning with the goals of our current administration, this is no longer a far-off dream, but a plausible and necessary proposal. Without a massive re-direct in Milwaukee’s current energy infrastructure, one of Wisconsin’s biggest cities will continue to aggravate already rising global temperatures. Through an extensive interviewing process with experts, a dive into the internet, and work with the ArcGIS mapping program, I compiled a database with all the resources needed to understand energy issues from a systems lens. This means I was able to gain an understanding of the hydrology, geography, history, and ecology of Milwaukee before designing. Through my involvement in this area of study, I have learned that this wholistic, or systems view, is necessary to make effective and lasting change. In this presentation, you will see diagrams, site plans, and renderings that should provide a clear picture of how a project like this could fit into the city’s existing fabric and surrounding environment. With a variety of possible energy sources (windmills and solar panels) and several options for configurations, this project will provide the flexibility necessary for it to be appealing.