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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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
Summary:

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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Grant

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Summary

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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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, 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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Grant

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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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Summary:

Algona Municipal Utilities (AMU) is collaborating with Iowa State University (ISU) to submit a proposal to APPA’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) program. The main purpose of DEED is to improve utilities by increasing energy efficiency, reducing costs, investigating new technologies, facilitating renewable energy integration, offering new services, and improving processes and practices [...]

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Grant

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Summary

Algona Municipal Utilities (AMU) is collaborating with Iowa State University (ISU) to submit a proposal to APPA’s Demonstration of Energy & Efficiency Developments (DEED) program. The main purpose of DEED is to improve utilities by increasing energy efficiency, reducing costs, investigating new technologies, facilitating renewable energy integration, offering new services, and improving processes and practices to better serve customers. This proposal (A tool for mining AMI data to model customer loads for small public power utilities) is a direct response to DEED. The full proposal is under preparation and AMU will submit it by February 15, 2016. The main purpose of this project is to develop a software tool to explore the AMI data to understand the variability and stochasticity of customer load behavior. These load analyses could also facilitate the renewable energy integration by determining the benefits and operational constraints of customer and utility installed PV, specifically PV output over the course of a day versus the load profile over the same period. Our utility collaborators include AMU and Iowa Association of Municipal Utilities, which represent the municipal utilities in the state of Iowa and have expressed their keen interests in the development of a tool to take full advantage of AMI data and improve load modeling. The proposed project has the potential to advance the environmental, social, and economic well-being of Iowans by improving the analysis of Iowa’s power system loads with renewable DGs and demand side controls. In the “Grant Application Questions” and “Top 10 tips for writing a successful grant application,” APPA clearly encourages “Bring others to the table,” and states “The DEED program does not like to be the only pot of money funding a project.” We believe that Iowa Energy Center’s matching grant funding is critical to this proposal and will significantly increase the competence of the proposed project.

Award Amount:

$2,600

Grant Active Dates:

Aug. 2016 — Jul. 2017

Organization:

Iowa State University

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Zhaoyu Wang

Status:

active

Location:

Ames, IA

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Iowa Food Waste Stakeholder Coalition White Paper Development

Grant Jun. 2016 — Dec. 2016 Cedar Falls, IA
Summary:

Food waste generation is an economic, environmental and social issue that costs the U.S. economy 165 billion dollars per year. Activities and organizations in Iowa such as food banks, educational institutions, government organizations and disposal facilities have been addressing this issue independently. However, in order to see an overall impact it has been determined that [...]

Program Area:

Grant

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Summary

Food waste generation is an economic, environmental and social issue that costs the U.S. economy 165 billion dollars per year. Activities and organizations in Iowa such as food banks, educational institutions, government organizations and disposal facilities have been addressing this issue independently. However, in order to see an overall impact it has been determined that these organizations need to work together to combine their efforts and resources. To this end, the Iowa Food Waste Stakeholder Coalition has been formed with the following mission statement: The Iowa Food Wast Stakeholder Coalition is dedicated to advancing Iowa’s efforts in reducing food waste generation and utilizing excess food as a valuable resource through education, program implementation, policy and advocacy. The coalition will identify existing hurdles impeding the reduction of food waste and diversion from Iowa landfills, as well as identify policies and recommendations that will assist in addressing this issue. This will be communicated in a white paper the coalition will develop and distribute to policy makers as the first comprehensive look at food waste reduction and recovery in Iowa.Funds from the Iowa Energy Center will help to develop this white paper.

Award Amount:

$13,500

Grant Active Dates:

Jun. 2016 — Dec. 2016

Organization:

University of Northern Iowa

Principal Investigator:

Dan Nickey

Status:

active

Location:

Cedar Falls, IA

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