What is Project OROS
After winning the Zayed Future Energy Prize, Green School has embarked on Operation Rain or Shine (OROS), one of its biggest sustainability projects to date.
The ultimate goal is to develop a new and improved model of renewable energy production and storage for the school and local community that is resilient and reliable throughout the year, while providing multiple learning opportunities both during development and as future learning objects. The hybrid renewable energy micro-grid at Green School will be expanded, whilst exploring diverse ways to capture and store renewable energy on campus.
Learning with a Purpose: A Passion for Student-Driven Learning
As a learning community, the school is taking every opportunity to learn about its journey to sustainability.
High School students have been complicit in developing the OROS proposal, and will continue to take leadership roles in the further development of the project, along with mentoring and support from teachers and the expertise of certain Green School parents and community members.
Along the way, Middle School and Primary School students will also have the chance to participate, with the final solution being a highly visible hybrid system that showcases the power and technical workings of renewable energies, for all to see and learn from.
The project will help build specific knowledge, as well as the critical skills and competencies that are the core Green School educational goals.
The Power of Collaboration
In a ground-breaking renewable energies collaboration, the team has also joined forces with MA students from TH Köln University in Germany to provide the technical support needed to fulfill the project goal – rounding-out a cross-generational, cross-school, cross-cultural team of students with a shared passion for learning by doing. Operation Rain or Shine is a shared learning experience, which has grown from a common learning philosophy between the two schools: a shared belief in the power of learning through real-life projects and educating for 21st Century skills and competencies.
The Energy Hub will house a visual representation of electricity and installation of a hybrid micro-hydro/ solar renewable energy solution at Green School, created by expanding on our existing micro-grid system.
On the electricity side, the building will generate and store its own power, house monitoring equipment and incorporate interactive pieces that allow students to better understand how energy can be transferred between different states.
In collaboration with Tsatsa House, the building will utilize sustainable Earth Bag building techniques founded by Nader Kalhili. It will incorporate 60sq meters of usable roof for solar panels, a rainwater catchment system, pelton wheel and potential capacity for renewable energy battery storage.
On the learning side, it will provide some enclosed areas that can be used for specific purposes eg. a Media LAB/ recording studio and a breakout space for students to meet and interact in a quieter environment.
Long Term Goals
- Build 30 kWh equivalent of energy storage through a combination of batteries and gravitational potential energy (pumped storage), while investigating other potential storage methods.
- Integrate rainwater catchment systems into all new buildings and explore viability to catch rainwater on existing structures.
- Showcase micro hydro to Subak (traditional irrigation system) organizations across Bali to encourage further development within our local community.
- Install an additional 10 kWp PV system to add to our electricity production.
- Work with partners in establishing a hybrid smart grid that connects multiple sources of power production and storage.
- Implement a real time monitoring system that allows for classes throughout school to apply the data to lessons.
Long Term Impact
The project overall will help:
- Demonstrate resilient renewable power on the island of Bali.
- Exemplify stacking functionality as a critical piece of infrastructure development.
- GSB to get off the grid by providing 15,700 kWh/year energy, saving a third of the current CO2 emissions (11tCO2 from 33tCO2/year).
- Expand clean energy to our surrounding community in Bali
With the Zayed Future Energy prize, Green School has been able to drastically improve its energy monitoring capabilities on campus, construct a new building to house this monitoring equipment and create an educational experience for students around renewable energy.
Students at Green School are hoping you can help them take their learning and impacts to the next level. Play a part in supporting young change makers to make our world sustainable, by giving an individual or corporate donation.
Green School is now seeking partnerships with companies offering sustainable energy solutions to expand and grow this vision further. In exchange for your innovative technology, we would showcase your brand as at the forefront of renewable energy and promote your support of Green School to our global network.
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