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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Summary:

In 2013, with the help from an Iowa Energy Center’s Planning Grant, Dr. Wheeler’s proposal “Effective Energy-efficient Classroom Ventilation for Temperate Zones” was approved by ASHRAE. Research work has continued to investigate the development of a building assessment tool for schools using contemporary innovate methodologies to elicit both quantitative and qualitative data on building performance. [...]

Program Area:

Grant

Focus:

Summary

In 2013, with the help from an Iowa Energy Center’s Planning Grant, Dr. Wheeler’s proposal “Effective Energy-efficient Classroom Ventilation for Temperate Zones” was approved by ASHRAE. Research work has continued to investigate the development of a building assessment tool for schools using contemporary innovate methodologies to elicit both quantitative and qualitative data on building performance. This project will reconnect the original Iowa research team and with others, professionals and academics, who have expressed interest over these past 18 months to initiate a series of events that can assess and review the tool and the proposed program of commercialization. The committee is required to help in the feasibility of the tool for the building profession. This project will re-initiate this team to steer the commercialization of a post-occupancy building assessment tool for energy efficient and sustainable schools in Iowa and ultimately nationally.

Award Amount:

$4,500

Grant Active Dates:

Jul. 2015 — Jun. 2016

Organization:

Iowa State University

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Andrea Wheeler

Status:

active

Location:

Ames, IA

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Summary:

Iowa has strong energy-related technical and trade programs at its community colleges and higher education institutions. In order to increase human resource capacity in the energy sector, it is critical to design programs that increase energy career literacy at the high school level. This project will target five schools and hold workshops to increase awareness [...]

Program Area:

Grant

Focus:

Summary

Iowa has strong energy-related technical and trade programs at its community colleges and higher education institutions. In order to increase human resource capacity in the energy sector, it is critical to design programs that increase energy career literacy at the high school level. This project will target five schools and hold workshops to increase awareness of the energy industry and potential career tracks. These workshops will also be used to create a recorded webinar that can be housed possibly at the Area Education Agency website and/or school websites as a potential resource for students.

Award Amount:

$5,718

Grant Active Dates:

Aug. 2015 — May. 2016

Organization:

Unfolding Energy

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Paritosh Kasotia

Status:

active

Location:

Des Moines, IA

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Envisioning Our Energy Future: What Will it Take?

Grant Aug. 2015 — Oct. 2015 Des Moines, IA
Summary:

Iowa has seen tremendous growth in production of alternative energy and awareness of the need for environmental stewardship. Stakeholders with varying interests and viewpoints on these topics are grappling with understanding the macro energy-related issues and public sentiment about their climate impacts. To help promote and facilitate discussion on these challenges, Unfolding Energy and Simpson [...]

Program Area:

Grant

Focus:

Summary

Iowa has seen tremendous growth in production of alternative energy and awareness of the need for environmental stewardship. Stakeholders with varying interests and viewpoints on these topics are grappling with understanding the macro energy-related issues and public sentiment about their climate impacts. To help promote and facilitate discussion on these challenges, Unfolding Energy and Simpson College’s John C. Culver Public Policy Center propose to host an educational and networking event catered to these stakeholders about the dynamic and changing energy industry and to start envisioning an energy future of tomorrow.

Award Amount:

$8,500

Grant Active Dates:

Aug. 2015 — Oct. 2015

Organization:

Unfolding Energy

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Paritosh Kasotia

Status:

active

Location:

Des Moines, IA

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Increasing Solar Workforce Capacity through Training and Education

Grant Jul. 2015 — Sep. 2015 Des Moines, IA
Summary:

Unfolding Energy will partner with Cedar Valley Energy to work on streamlining the online training offerings of Cedar Valley Energy and target Iowans for training that will prepare them for NABCEP certification. This Planning Grant will be utilized to cover the planning expenses if Unfolding Energy is invited to submit a full proposal to U.S. [...]

Program Area:

Grant

Focus:

Summary

Unfolding Energy will partner with Cedar Valley Energy to work on streamlining the online training offerings of Cedar Valley Energy and target Iowans for training that will prepare them for NABCEP certification. This Planning Grant will be utilized to cover the planning expenses if Unfolding Energy is invited to submit a full proposal to U.S. Department of Energy, SunShot Initiative’s Solar Training and Education for Professionals Funding Opportunity.

Award Amount:

$911

Grant Active Dates:

Jul. 2015 — Sep. 2015

Organization:

Unfolding Energy

Principal Investigator:

Paritosh Kasotia

Status:

active

Location:

Des Moines, IA

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Nanoscale Mechanisms of Dielectric Breakdown

Grant Jul. 2015 — Sep. 2016 Ames, IA
Summary:

For over ten years, the PI has been researching dielectric and piezoelectric materials for electrical capacitors and piezoelectric transducers, which are essential components for electricity distribution and kinetic energy conversion. Reviewers indicate the need for proof-of-concept data. This grant money will enable the PI to generate the critically needed preliminary data. The PI will perform [...]

Program Area:

Grant

Focus:

Summary

For over ten years, the PI has been researching dielectric and piezoelectric materials for electrical capacitors and piezoelectric transducers, which are essential components for electricity distribution and kinetic energy conversion. Reviewers indicate the need for proof-of-concept data. This grant money will enable the PI to generate the critically needed preliminary data. The PI will perform experiments to demonstrate the feasibility of the proposed work, revise and strengthen the proposal with the data, and resubmit it in the fall of 2016.

Award Amount:

$142,200

Grant Active Dates:

Jul. 2015 — Sep. 2016

Organization:

Iowa State University

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Xiaoli Tan

Status:

active

Location:

Ames, IA

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Wind and Solar Conference 2015

Grant Aug. 2015 — Nov. 2015 LeMars, IA
Summary:

ISU Extension and Outreach in Plymouth County along with the USDA Rural Development office, will offer a Solar Energy Conference on September 2, 2015 in LeMars, Iowa. The purpose of the conference is to provide a public educational learning opportunity for participants to learn about resources and have a plan to move forward with implementing [...]

Program Area:

Grant

Focus:

Summary

ISU Extension and Outreach in Plymouth County along with the USDA Rural Development office, will offer a Solar Energy Conference on September 2, 2015 in LeMars, Iowa. The purpose of the conference is to provide a public educational learning opportunity for participants to learn about resources and have a plan to move forward with implementing solar energy. The conference will help those who attend better evaluate the technology, costs, economic feasibility and the potential for them or their regions in the future.

Award Amount:

$4,940

Grant Active Dates:

Aug. 2015 — Nov. 2015

Organization:

ISU Extension and Outreach

Principal Investigator:

Sherry McGill

Status:

active

Location:

LeMars, IA

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