Grant and Research Library

Welcome to the Grant and Research Library. This database provides reports and award information about current and past grant recipients. You can also find Iowa Energy Center case studies, publications and presentations. All information can be searched by focus, year and program area or through keywords entered into the search field. Please note: the default listing of library items on this page is by date uploaded and not by project date. Use the drop down menu on the left to list projects by the desired year.

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In February 2016, we the team: Xinwei Wang/PI, Xiaohui Zhou/co-PI, Kejin Wang/co-PI submitted a concept paper entitled “Novel Infiltration Diagnostics based on Laser-line Scanning and Infrared Temperature Field Imaging” to the DOE program of “BUILDINGS ENERGY EFFICIENCY FRONTIERS & INNOVATION TECHNOLOGIES (BENEFIT) – 2016”. The concept was reviewed positively and we were invited for full [...]

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In February 2016, we the team: Xinwei Wang/PI, Xiaohui Zhou/co-PI, Kejin Wang/co-PI submitted a concept paper entitled “Novel Infiltration Diagnostics based on Laser-line Scanning and Infrared Temperature Field Imaging” to the DOE program of “BUILDINGS ENERGY EFFICIENCY FRONTIERS & INNOVATION TECHNOLOGIES (BENEFIT) – 2016”. The concept was reviewed positively and we were invited for full proposal development. For this three-year project, the BENEFIT program requires at least 10% cost share of the total project cost. Our proposed work is to develop a novel infiltration diagnostic technology for advanced and high throughput infiltration diagnostics of building envelopes.

Award Amount:

$34,304

Grant Active Dates:

Oct. 2016 — Jul. 2017

Organization:

Iowa State University

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Xinwei Wang

Co-Principal Investigator:

Xiaohui Zhou, Kejin Wang

Status:

Active

Location:

Ames, IA

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The focus of this Iowa Energy Center opportunity grant is to provide a risk-informed approach for pre-event asset hardening and post-event system restoration to enhance the resilience of electric power distribution systems in the face of extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, tornados, snow storms, and microbursts. We believe that this approach will result in [...]

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The focus of this Iowa Energy Center opportunity grant is to provide a risk-informed approach for pre-event asset hardening and post-event system restoration to enhance the resilience of electric power distribution systems in the face of extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, tornados, snow storms, and microbursts. We believe that this approach will result in increased absorptive capacity and reduced recovery times as well as facilitating the credible physical and economic assessment of losses. A second key objective of our project is to investigate the feasibility of dynamically reconfiguring a distribution grid into a system of networked microgrids in response to extreme weather events by adding features such as automatic line switches and an appropriate integration of distributed generation (DG). This ability would facilitate risk localization, critical load protection and faster network recovery.  Building on these first two objectives, a third key objective of our project is to assess the interdependency between the power distribution system and financial institutions in such a way that promotes involvement of insurance companies in development of more resilient infrastructure for the energy sector.
Here, we posit that the integrated analysis of financial and power distribution systems is necessary to develop a complete understanding of the factors that contribute to the resilience of these highly interdependent systems in the face of extreme weather events. This is due to the pivotal role that financial institutions such as insurance and re-insurance companies play in providing fast flow of funding for repair and recovery actions, which in turn results in rapid resuming of the services and activities and eventually limiting the costs associated with the power system downtime. In addition to this traditional role, the position of financial institutions in encouraging investment in strategic hardening of the assets (in case of power systems this will also include the potential for reconfiguration and use of DGs) and also using the provided “window of opportunity” after the destructive events to rebuild more robust systems, would result in high benefits to both the financial and energy sectors. Numerous previous studies have modeled the performance of a single physical or financial infrastructure system isolated from the rest. However, an effective framework for integrated analysis of these two infrastructure systems needs to be developed. The focus of this opportunity grant proposal to Iowa Energy Center will be the interdependency between financial markets and electric power lower-voltage distribution systems. Financial and energy sectors are among the eighteen critical infrastructure systems identified by Department of Homeland Security and recognized by the NSF CRISP program. As a proof of concept study, the team will primarily utilize the funding provided by the Iowa Energy Center to develop the necessary framework to model the interdependency between these two systems. With the preliminary data collected through the current project, we expect to have ample opportunities to address other infrastructure systems, such as transportation and electric power high-voltage transmission sectors, in future proposals submitted to NSF CRISP, NSF CAREER, and the Department of Energy. The proposing team is from Iowa State University and has expertise in infrastructure risk assessment (Alipour), financial system analysis (Tesfatsion), and computational methods for power systems (Wang, Tesfatsion) necessary to develop the required framework for resilience analysis of interconnected financial and physical infrastructure systems.

Award Amount:

$124,508.00

Grant Active Dates:

Oct. 2016 — Sep. 2017

Organization:

Iowa State University

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Alice Alipour

Status:

active

Location:

Ames, IA

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Momentum is Building Conference 2017

Grant Sep. 2016 — Mar. 2017 Des Moines, IA
Summary:

Momentum  Is Building  (MIB) has experienced a long and successful tenure as a way for Iowa’s electric cooperatives  (RECs) to educate rural Iowa’s home building trades professionals on energy-efficient building  and remodeling techniques,  as well as develop  a strong working  relationship  between  R ECs and building trades professionals from rural Iowa  Conference  topics focus on [...]

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Momentum  Is Building  (MIB) has experienced a long and successful tenure as a way for Iowa’s electric cooperatives  (RECs) to educate rural Iowa’s home building trades professionals on energy-efficient building  and remodeling techniques,  as well as develop  a strong working  relationship  between  R ECs and building trades professionals from rural Iowa  Conference  topics focus on industry  standards,  best practices,  and the Iowa Energy Code  The Iowa Energy Center (IEC) has been a long and faithful supporter  of the conference

MIB meshes well with the mission  and goals of the Iowa Energy Center, including  IEC’s mission to increase  energy efficiency  in all areas of Iowa, assist Iowans to assess technology related to energy efficiency,  provide  assistance to rural residents for energy efficiency  efforts,  and provide objective information  about energy efficiency.

While primary funding is provided  by Iowa’s  electric cooperatives, exhibitors  and attendee  registration,  money provided by the IEC has helped fund highly respected  industry  experts who may not otherwise  fit into the budget. For example,  for several years, IEC funding has provided  a nationally  known keynote  speaker  We are requesting that IEC fund our keynote/follow  up breakout speaker again this year  In 2016, we launched  a scholarship  program  which provided  high school and community  college instructors/students so they could attend MIB  We would like to expand that program,  bringing in more students/instructors.

As costs for the M IB facility,  speaker  fees and other basic conferences  expenses  rise, MIB struggles to maintain a high quality conference  while maintaining  affordable  pricing.  MIB funding comes through  a variety of sources: The Generation  and Transmission (G&T) electric cooperatives and REC system provide primary  funding;  local RECs may pay for some portion of the registration  and/or hotel fees for some contractors.  There is a registration  fee and a CEU fee; some contractors  self-pay. Exhibitors pay a fee, also. Our 2017 registration  rate of $119 is extremely  competitive  in the conference/CEU arena. In addition, we charge

$150 for exhibitor  fees (many exhibitors  pay extra for meals and/or registration  fees),  and there is a $50 fee for those who register for CEUs (one fee covers all 6 CEUs offered per profession).  We attempt to keep our registration  affordable for our attendees­ small business  owners  in rural Iowa  Financial  assistance from the IEC will help us maintain quality without dramatic price Increases

Award Amount:

$7,500

Grant Active Dates:

Sep. 2016 — Mar. 2017

Organization:

Iowa Cooperatives for Energy Efficiency

Principal Investigator:

Kathy Eastman

Status:

active

Location:

Des Moines, IA

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Renewable Energy and the Science of Sustainability

Grant May. 2016 — Dec. 2016 Des Moines, IA
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This project will provide much needed professional development for Iowa teachers and help them connect agriculture and energy topics to the newly adopted state science standards. The teacher professional development workshops will help teachers teach core subjects like science, social studies, and language arts in the context of energy and agriculture. The graduate level course [...]

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This project will provide much needed professional development for Iowa teachers and help them connect agriculture and energy topics to the newly adopted state science standards. The teacher professional development workshops will help teachers teach core subjects like science, social studies, and language arts in the context of energy and agriculture. The graduate level course will also provide technical training and background for teachers so they can easily implement the 20 energy lessons developed in 2015.

Award Amount:

$14,900

Grant Active Dates:

May. 2016 — Dec. 2016

Organization:

Iowa Agriculture Literacy Foundation

Principal Investigator:

Will Fett

Status:

active

Location:

Des Moines, IA

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Summary:

The proposed research project aims at introducing new agricultural-based phase change materials (PCMs), specifically designed for improving the energy efficiency and conservation of concrete materials. Considering that concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world for civil infrastructure applications, the development of a functional, low-cost, energy-efficient concrete material, as we propose here, [...]

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The proposed research project aims at introducing new agricultural-based phase change materials (PCMs), specifically designed for improving the energy efficiency and conservation of concrete materials. Considering that concrete is the most widely used construction material in the world for civil infrastructure applications, the development of a functional, low-cost, energy-efficient concrete material, as we propose here, will have a significant contribution to improve the environmental, social, and economic well-being of Iowans and beyond. Since the proposed PCMs will be produced with nonproprietary, locally available materials, the outcome of this project is expected to not only transform the energy consumption of residential and commercial buildings located in urban areas, but also provide a feasible alternative to upgrade the energy efficiency of rural structures. To achieve this goal, the main research activities include: (1) development of sustainable, low-cost PCMs based on a comprehensive set of application- specific performance criteria, (2) identification of an efficient encapsulation technique to incorporate the developed PCMs into concrete materials, and (3) evaluation of thermal properties and structural characteristics of the PCM-concrete matrix at both material and system levels.

Award Amount:

$142,136

Grant Active Dates:

Jul. 2016 — Jan. 2018

Organization:

Iowa State University

Principal Investigator:

Professor Behrouz Shafei

Status:

active

Location:

Ames

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Cyber-Poultry Integrated Food-Energy-Water-Systems Nexus

Grant Feb. 2016 — Apr. 2016 Ames, IA
Summary:

The Iowa Energy Center sponsored research effort was invested on the creation and submission of a National Science Foundation proposal within NSF’s highly-interdisciplinary InFEWS (Integrated Food-Energy-Water Systems) funding opportunity. Our team’s proposed two-university center included an eight-member faculty participant team whose focus will be intended to investigate and promote the development of next-generation poultry egg [...]

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Summary

The Iowa Energy Center sponsored research effort was invested on the creation and submission of a National Science Foundation proposal within NSF’s highly-interdisciplinary InFEWS (Integrated Food-Energy-Water Systems) funding opportunity. Our team’s proposed two-university center included an eight-member faculty participant team whose focus will be intended to investigate and promote the development of next-generation poultry egg production systems featuring optimized food-energy-water outcomes.

Award Amount:

$5,000

Grant Active Dates:

Feb. 2016 — Apr. 2016

Organization:

Iowa State University

Principal Investigator:

Dr. James Alleman

Status:

closed

Location:

Ames, IA

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