The Alternative Energy Enterprise is a multidisciplinary, student-run company out of the Chemical Engineering department at Michigan Tech. Our goal is to create or improve technologies to create a sustainable future where our energy needs are met via carbon-neutral sources, lowering our carbon footprint and allowing for energy independence in local communities.
Starting out focusing on biofuels (a team which AEE is still proud to have actively running tests,) we have branched out to include geothermal heat, solar power, and sustainability, not only to follow the interests of our students, but to meet the growing demand for engineers and scientists with a familiarity with alternative energy technology.
As we continue to grow, we are constantly on the look out for team members with new ideas for projects that would be a good fit for our enterprise and are willing to work with members on the projects they would like to see built by AEE.
If you would like to learn more about what the enterprise is up to, be sure to check out our instagram page @aee.mtu where we post project updates and other interesting information!
The AEE is proud to be involved in multiple public outreach programs for sustainability, alternative energy, and STEM education. Contact our enterprise email, email@example.com, to ask us where you can find us, or to invite us to get involved with your project!
The biofuels team works to create fuels from renewable resources for a more susainable future.
The GeoSolar team is focused on creating an implementable, economically feasible system which combines a geothermal heat pump and photovoltaic solar panels for a home in Houghton County.
The Solar Consulting Team is researching and designing solar arrays for local organizations. This can range from power usage and shading data to financial feasibility of the proposed project, and even production modeling!
The Sustainability Demonstration House is a student residence that is currently being retrofitted with the ultimate goal of reaching net zero energy and waste production.
Our vision is to create a smaller scale prototype of the original REMM with updated technology and with future plans to upscale for service as a mobile energy station for disaster relief in remote areas where fuel may be scarce.
Using the many abandoned mines in the Keweenaw, the Pumped Hydro team is focusing on using abandoned mine shafts throughout the Copper Country to create storage systems using pumped water.
For information on past projects throughout the Alternative Energy Enteprise, click here! Past projects include L'Anse Community Solar, Calumet Geothermal, Microbial Fuel Cell, and more!
For information on past awards that have been won throughout the history of the Alternative Energy Enteprise, click here!