CMI Critical Materials Museum Exhibit

People view CMI exhibit at Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum

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. The grand opening was in February 2016.

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!final preparations for the museum exhibit at Colorado School of Mines, which opened Dec. 9, 2015

-Mandi Hutchinson, exhibit designer

 

Grand opening of the CMI exhibit at the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum, Feb. 4, 2016

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.

solar panel installed outside Geology Museum at Colorado School of Mines

 

 

 

 

 

Summer 2016: Solar panels installed to power exhibit at the Colorado School of Mines Geology Museum

December 12, 2016: four images from CMI solar installation workshop

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.

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.