SRC Tour Day 5: Direct Current Power & Eco-Friendly Paint

SustainTour5

According to NASA Science, “Photovoltaics is the direct conversion of light into electricity at the atomic level. Some materials exhibit a property known as the photoelectric effect that causes them to absorb photons of light and release electrons. When these free electrons are captured, an electric current results that can be used as electricity.” What does this mean for our center? Well, because we are utilizing the unidirectional power for direct current electricity, we are saving energy by not converting it into an alternating current. We also use less energy because we channel our DC power through LED lighting, which helps provide clean and efficient lighting!

As our plaque states, all of the paints used in our center are Green Seal Certified. This means that they do not any VOC’s (Volatile Organic Compounds), which can be very harmful to human health, as well as our environment. In order to become Green Seal Certified, manufacturers must pay thousands of dollars to have their products assessed. The assessments evaluate raw materials, VOC’s, and the paint’s ultimate performance.

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