Energy innovation center
State Fair Community College is pleased and proud to be part of a unique, community-led alternative energy research, development, commercialization, and training center.
What will the center do?
The Energy Innovation Center (EIC) has three purposes:
- Convert methane gas from local landfill into electricity that will supplement college and community energy needs
- Provide educational and training opportunities in advanced energy systems
- Provide an incubator for emerging businesses to explore and prove next generation energy technologies
The formal partnership created in 2009 between SFCC and local and state agencies and businesses jointly developed a plan for the center and acquired funding to hire consultants, a curriculum designer, and to construct a building and power generator located on a five-acre site at the Waste Corporation of Missouri central landfill in Pettis County.
A groundbreaking occurred Oct. 11, 2011, at the Waste Corporation of Missouri on Oak Grove lane, just northwest of Sedalia. Governor Jay Nixon, SFCC President Dr. Marsha Drennon, former Pettis County Presiding Commissioner Rusty Kahrs, and many others attended this event.
The center will capture the methane gas from the landfill and convert it to electricity for use by the college and for the operation of the center. Once the center is fully operational, it will employ 30 people and produce 3.2 megawatts of electricity.
The college has developed curriculum and programs that will prepare a workforce in various renewable energy careers. The center will be an excellent teaching and learning environment by providing hands-on experience for students. For information about the biomass, wind, and solar renewable programs, visit www.sfccmo.edu/renewableenergy.
Currently, SFCC is seeking additional funding for the next phase of the project—an energy technology incubator that will provide emerging businesses a place to explore and prove next generation energy technologies.
For additional information about the center, contact Mark Kelchner at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Picture is of the sign posted at the Energy Innovation Center site at the Waste Corporation of Missouri landfill.