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New Collaboration On Sustainable Energy Project For Elephants

Plans to locate an off-the-grid Elephant Warming Hut deep inside the habitat are in process! Sanctua...

Tennessee TechPlans to locate an off-the-grid Elephant Warming Hut deep inside the habitat are in process! Sanctuary Caregivers are pinpointing the perfect location to build it while students (and faculty advisors) at Tennessee Tech University’s Dept. of Mechanical Engineering refine the mechanical design.  

TTU’s Senior Capstone Project in Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering Technology integrates a real-world engineering project—from the concept to the final client presentation—into a meaningful, hands-on undergraduate experience. Engineering students eagerly accepted our challenge—designing, analyzing, and constructing a scale-model of a safe, sturdy warming hut (within a proposed budget) that maintained an inside temperature at 50-60°F using solar power exclusively.

This high-tech solution will allow Shirley, Tarra and the Girls to use more of their habitat for longer periods of time. The design provides a warm shelter for the elephants during the winter, a shady respite in the summer, and a built-in Protected Contact training wall for health care procedures in the field.

Collaboration with Tennessee Tech for a warming hut
Through trial and error, TTU’s talented students & faculty are working to finalize a single, closed-loop system requiring the least amount of energy from solar panels…all to help to keep our aging elephants active year-round.

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