Nebraska Innovation Campus at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln will use an innovative energy source.
University and Lincoln city officials have announced the campus under construction on the former state fairgrounds will heat and cool buildings through an exchange of the heat generated by the nearby city waste-water facility.
UNL Chancellor Harvey Perlman says the unusual energy source should actually attract businesses to Nebraska Innovation Campus.
“We know that attracting private sector companies to this property will require us to have a culture that’s suitable for innovation and for forward-looking companies,” Perlman says. “We know that the ability to make this campus green and to use renewable energy will be an important element in their consideration about whether they will join us as partners here.”
Lincoln Mayor Chris Beutler says he’s pleased energy for the buildings will be generated through one of the few such systems in the nation.
“And it truly represents the spirit of Nebraska Innovation Campus and, in addition, is a direct reflection of UNL and the City of Lincoln’s mutual commitment to low-cost renewable energy and sustainability,” Beutler says.
The campus is under construction next to the Devaney Center.
AUDIO: UNL and City of Lincoln hold news conference on renewable energy source Nebraska Innovation Campus. [15:30]