AUT Office of Sustainability Newsletter: Issue 2, Summer 2012

This issue of AUT Office of Sustainability Newsletter include:

  1. Install Solar cell at AUt’s campus
  2. The highlight of this issueinterview with Dr. Rahai (AUT’s Dean)
  3. BREEAM: foremost environmental assessment method and rating system for buildings.
  4. HSE-MS

You can download the newsletter from the publications section of the website.

Holding a meeting on higher education and sustainability by the Scientific Development Society of Iran

The Scientific Development Society of Iran on Wednesday, December 14, hosted experts and enthusiasts in the discussion of “higher education and sustainability.” In this meeting, Dr. Reza Maknoon, Professor of the Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology, gave a speech.

At the beginning of the meeting, Dr. Jafar Tawfiqi, President of the Society, while welcoming and thanking the presence of interested people who accepted the invitation of the Association and participated in the symposium, said: Its main purpose is to review and critique the scientific policies of the country and provide feedback to legislators, policymakers and officials to improve them. Given the impact of higher education and universities and their role in the development of the country and that this role is becoming more prominent every day, Iranian Scientific Development Society has an important issue on the agenda and has a wide network with a wide range of specialists and experts in this field, faculty members, doctoral and postgraduate students, and discusses issues affecting the scientific destiny of the country.

To read more of this report, refer to the website of the Scientific Development Society of Iran at the following address:

Report of Symposiums: Higher Education and Sustainability

Meeting pictures

Launching and installing the first solar cell in the university

Recently, with the cooperation of Dr. Fadaei from the Faculty of Industrial Engineering and the General Administration of Administrative Affairs, a solar cell has been installed next to the university mosque. The solar cell installed at the university has five 90-watt panels that store a total of 450 watts of energy per hour.

The purpose of installing these solar cells is to supply electricity to the projector and to provide lighting around the installation site of this device. Each university’s previous projectors had four 400-watt bulbs, which were replaced by 1.8-fold energy consumption by replacing them with 50-watt bulbs, which is also provided by sunlight. These 4 lamps consume 2,000 watts of energy per 10 hours of light, and the rest of the energy produced will be stored in the battery, and on cloudy days when the intensity of sunlight is low, the electrical energy stored in the battery is used. It is noteworthy that the productive power of the device does not depend on the ambient temperature and only depends on the amount of sunlight.

The useful life of this device is 23 years and its installation cost is about 3 million tomans. This amount is equivalent to the cost of electricity consumed by previous projectors on average over 5 years. In other words, if a solar cell is installed for all eight projectors in the university, it will bring 10 million tomans of economic savings for each of them in 18 years. Using solar cells in addition to supplying electricity from a clean energy source will also have economic benefits for the university.

Speech of the president of the university

I am pleased to see AUT’s Office of Sustainability launched in 2011 to increase environmental consciousness and practices for student, staff and faculty; reduce AUT’s waste generation, promote safety of laboratory; and lower our environmental impact by re-examining our consumption habits; and promote the use of green products. Each of us has a responsibility to reduce the university’s impact on the environment and I encourage all student, staff and faculty to contribute in the Office of Sustainability’s program by incorporating responsible sustainability practices into workplace and personal lives. I invite all members of our campus community to pursue more sustainable methods for improving the life style and workplace operational efficiency. It is our deepest commitment to ensure that the Amirkabir University of technology is socially, economically, and environmentally conscious in all its actions and I am sure AUT will promote its pioneer in sustainable development by cooperation of all students, faculties and staffs.