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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This is a residential energy efficiency workshop designed to educate builders, bankers, realtors, and homeowners about using aggressive energy efficiency techniques to make homes more cost effective and comfortable. The symposium will bring together six regional and national experts that work to build and finance residential energy projects. The funding will help to expand the [...]

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Grant

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Summary

This is a residential energy efficiency workshop designed to educate builders, bankers, realtors, and homeowners about using aggressive energy efficiency techniques to make homes more cost effective and comfortable. The symposium will bring together six regional and national experts that work to build and finance residential energy projects. The funding will help to expand the reach of the promotions for the symposium and add professional resources to manage the event. This additional support will increase the impact of the symposium.

Award Amount:

$7,604

Grant Active Dates:

Jun. 2016 — Jun. 2016

Organization:

Bloomfield Main Street

Principal Investigator:

Chris Ball

Status:

active

Location:

Bloomfield, IA

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Summary:

There is a critical need to study and understand the fundamental optoelectronic properties of the tandem solar cell architecture that combines the bSi and perovskite absorbers. In the absence of such a study, the optimization of the bSi/perovskite tandem cell architecture will remain challenging. One important optoelectronic characterization technique for solar cells is the quantum [...]

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Grant

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Summary

There is a critical need to study and understand the fundamental optoelectronic properties of the tandem solar cell architecture that combines the bSi and perovskite absorbers. In the absence of such a study, the optimization of the bSi/perovskite tandem cell architecture will remain challenging. One important optoelectronic characterization technique for solar cells is the quantum efficiency measurement, which is a measure of the number of carriers generated per photo absorbed. I am requesting funds to be able to purchase the quantum efficiency measurement system and fund a graduate student to conduct the necessary measurements that provide the preliminary data for the proposals.

Award Amount:

$99,877

Grant Active Dates:

Jul. 2016 — Jun. 2017

Organization:

University of Iowa

Principal Investigator:

Prof. Fatima Toor

Status:

active

Location:

Iowa City, IA

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Vibrational Sum Frequency Generation Spectrometer

Grant May. 2016 — Dec. 2016 Iowa City, IA
Summary:

Matching funds were requested to aid in the purchase of a tunable, infrared, vibrational sum frequency generation (vSFG) spectrometer. The need arises from a cap on the federal sponsor’s program of $200,000 which is less than the total cost of the instrument. Funds of at least $20,000 have already been secured from various sources and [...]

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Grant

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Summary

Matching funds were requested to aid in the purchase of a tunable, infrared, vibrational sum frequency generation (vSFG) spectrometer. The need arises from a cap on the federal sponsor’s program of $200,000 which is less than the total cost of the instrument. Funds of at least $20,000 have already been secured from various sources and we are requesting an IEC match of $38,310. Acquisition of the vSFG spectrometer will establish significant new research capabilities within our research group, for the University of Iowa, and in the larger geographic region. The topic being considered for funding is in line with the Iowa Energy Center’s mission to advance the environmental, social, and economic well-being of Iowans through improved energy efficiency measures and alternative energy technology.

Award Amount:

$38,310

Grant Active Dates:

May. 2016 — Dec. 2016

Organization:

University of Iowa

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Scott Shaw

Status:

active

Location:

Iowa City, IA

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Summary:

This project will develop a novel technique to map and profile in-field thermal conductivity of various building materials. This technique has several important advantages over the current technique for in-situ R-value measurement in terms of measurement speed, capacity, and ease of operation. We will develop a Laser line-scanning and simultaneous infrared Temperature field imaging (LIT) [...]

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Grant

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Summary

This project will develop a novel technique to map and profile in-field thermal conductivity of various building materials. This technique has several important advantages over the current technique for in-situ R-value measurement in terms of measurement speed, capacity, and ease of operation. We will develop a Laser line-scanning and simultaneous infrared Temperature field imaging (LIT) technique for infiltration diagnostics. Our LIT technology will meet the five criteria specified for ideal infiltration diagnostics. With the support from the Iowa Energy Center, we will be able to conduct critical preliminary technology development and evaluate the feasibility of the research ideas. The preliminary data and physical models developed will provide the important preliminary data for us to apply for funding from external agencies to tackle system level problems. Also, the accomplishment of this project will place us in an excellent starting point to develop strategies on how to develop technologies to address various building energy efficiency problems with the ultimate goal for industry-level applications.

Award Amount:

$100,000

Grant Active Dates:

May. 2016 — May. 2017

Organization:

Iowa State University

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Xinwei Wang

Status:

active

Location:

Ames, IA

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Energy Efficient and Soundproofing Building Window Retrofit

Grant May. 2016 — Apr. 2017 Ames, IA
Summary:

An exploratory pilot study on an innovative concept of ‘smart window retrofit’ – a retrofit that is energy-efficient and at the same time provides soundproofing for building windows, will be conducted. This work will focus on obtaining preliminary results demonstrating energy saving and noise level reduction potential of the proposed smart window technology, which will [...]

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Grant

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Summary

An exploratory pilot study on an innovative concept of ‘smart window retrofit’ – a retrofit that is energy-efficient and at the same time provides soundproofing for building windows, will be conducted. This work will focus on obtaining preliminary results demonstrating energy saving and noise level reduction potential of the proposed smart window technology, which will be critical for preparing a competitive proposal to the Department of Energy’s Building Energy Efficiency Frontiers & Innovation Technologies (BENEFIT) 2017 opportunity.

Award Amount:

$127,877

Grant Active Dates:

May. 2016 — Apr. 2017

Organization:

Iowa State University

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Shan Hu

Status:

active

Location:

Ames, IA

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Summary:

In partnership with OmegaChea Biorenewables LLC, we are targeting to submit an NSF Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR Phase I) grant for developing bio-based lubricants. Our bio-based lubricants are based on novel chemistry, omega-hydroxy branched fatty acids that OmegaChea and we at CBiRC have developed. The opportunity grant from Iowa Energy Center will enable us [...]

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Grant

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Summary

In partnership with OmegaChea Biorenewables LLC, we are targeting to submit an NSF Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR Phase I) grant for developing bio-based lubricants. Our bio-based lubricants are based on novel chemistry, omega-hydroxy branched fatty acids that OmegaChea and we at CBiRC have developed. The opportunity grant from Iowa Energy Center will enable us to collect preliminary data regarding lubrication properties of ΩHBFA molecules, which will provide unquestionable evidence to the efficacy of our novel lubrication materials. These preliminary data will form the basis for ISU’s and OmegaChea’s joint proposal for NSF STTR Phase I to scale-up the production of ΩHBFA for commercialization.

Award Amount:

$45,000

Grant Active Dates:

Jan. 2016 — Jun. 2016

Organization:

Iowa State University

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Basil Nikolau

Status:

active

Location:

Ames, IA

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