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CMI Critical Materials Museum Exhibit

The Critical Materials Institute developed a museum exhibit at the Colorado School of Mines Geology Exhibit

The Critical Materials Institute developed a museum exhibit at the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum.

The Critical Materials Museum Exhibit is a prototype exhibit for education professionals interested in building a similar exhibit.

A series of "how to" reports were generated at key stages of the design-build process:

Exhibit Updates

The museum exhibit opened to local visitors in December 2015. Highlights in developing the exhibit include:

  • Fall 2015, exhibit installation
  • February 2016, grand opening 
  • Summer 2016, solar panels installed to power exhibit at the Mines Geology Museum
  • December 2016, Solar Installation Workshop

CMI offered a Solar Installation Workshop including more than two dozen people from Red Rocks Community College and Colorado School of Mines. RRCC Instructor Troy Wanek (Solar Energy Environments owner and solar installer), shared details of a solar install on a government building. He led the group through the install process, including a walk-through from the solar panel outside, through the warehouse, to the phosphor and efficient lighting components of the Critical Materials Exhibit. The unique solar panel installation at the CSM Geology Museum began from the donation of a CdTe solar panel (from First Solar) and a CIGS panel (from EPRI; made by Solar Frontier). These two panels (CdTe and CIGS) were installed and now power a portion of the Critical Materials exhibit inside the museum, creating the first working solar photovoltaic module system at Mines.

For further information please contact:
Cynthia Howell
Research Faculty, Education, Training and Outreach
Phone: 303-273-3651

silhouettes of people against brightly lit display case
10/27/15 – The exhibit is progressing nicely. Our cases are in, and the interactive video display stand is up! Time to assemble all of our acquisitions! – Mandi Hutchinson, exhibit designer

 

four men with plaque at opening of CMI museum exhibit
February 3, 2016: The museum grand opening included Dr. Paul Johnson, president of the Colorado School of Mines, and the CMI director, deputy director and researchers.

 

several people observe man installing solar panel at Colorado School of Mines Geology museum
Summer 2016: Solar panels installed to power exhibit at the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum

 

people at solar workshop at Colorado School of Mines
December 12, 2016: CMI education and outreach offered Solar Installation Workshop to highlight the process of installing a solar panel at the Colorado School of Mines museum, which powers part of the Critical Materials Exhibit.