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Renewable Energy in Zoos

Discussion in 'General Zoo Discussion' started by Nikola Chavkosk, 23 Nov 2016.

  1. Nikola Chavkosk

    Nikola Chavkosk Well-Known Member

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    Hello Zoochatters,

    Are zoos using renewables like:

    -Underground heating systems (underground pipes ventilating and heating the air from the outside going to the indoor space): seems very attractive and easy to implement, and can rise the indoor temperature up to 12 deg C when the air temperature outside is lower than 12 deg C, then other device can be added to rise up the temperature more;
    -Photovoltage solar pannels;
    -Windmills (if yes, aren't they noisy?);
    -Maybe heat from degrading organic matherial, like from wet leaves on the floor or pressed dung matherial in a wateproof container directly (via the container's wall) transducting heat in indoor space? :)

    Have you observed renewables in zoos and in wich zoos?
     
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  2. lintworm

    lintworm Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

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    Many zoos have solar panels ;)

    Burgers Zoo also has a geothermal installation which is used to heat/cool the large tropical halls and the water of their aquarium.
     
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    Several Australian zoos have windmills on display, wether or not they are used as a renewable energy source I don't know.
     
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    Hamerton have a large wind turbine to provide their electricity; given the flatness and openness of their site, their location is ideal for such technology. I believe there were fairly advanced plans to build a second such turbine, but these were stymied by local complaints.
     
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    ZSL use Solar Panels to heat there Pygmy Hippo pool at London Zoo and there Indian Rhino house at Whipsnade. Theres a video on the YouTube channel about it:

     
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  9. Nikola Chavkosk

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    Great, they have succeded although the UK climate is not known for beeing too sunny. Then this can work even better in more southern latitudes.