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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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 [...]

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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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Summary:

This proposal is for support in the pursuit of the external funding opportunity from the professional society, ASHRAE, for the grant proposal entitled “Effects of Dynamic Shading on Daylighting and Energy Performance of Perimeter Zones”. This grant proposal is in response to the ASHRAE Research RFP 1710-TRP. The main objective of this proposal is to [...]

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Grant

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Summary

This proposal is for support in the pursuit of the external funding opportunity from the professional society, ASHRAE, for the grant proposal entitled “Effects of Dynamic Shading on Daylighting and Energy Performance of Perimeter Zones”. This grant proposal is in response to the ASHRAE Research RFP 1710-TRP. The main objective of this proposal is to evaluate the lighting effectiveness and energy savings potential of several different types of indoor dynamic shading devices in perimeter office spaces. The results of this research will aid in development of advanced and improved methodologies to reduce lighting and HVAC energy use in office buildings through the use of dynamic shading devices.

Award Amount:

$22,223

Grant Active Dates:

Sep. 2016 — Aug. 2018

Organization:

Iowa State University

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Kristen Cetin

Co-Principal Investigator:

Ulrike Passe

Status:

active

Location:

Ames, Iowa

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Dynamic Modeling, Simulation, and Analysis of Cascading Failures

Grant Aug. 2016 — Aug. 2017 Ames, Iowa
Summary:

Prof. Dobson is collaborating with Argonne National Lab, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Electrocon International to propose a one year 300K$ project on new modeling, simulation and analysis related to cascading blackouts in response to DOE’s call for grid modernization. ISU will be a subcontractor to the lead institution Argonne National Lab. The new simulator [...]

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Summary

Prof. Dobson is collaborating with Argonne National Lab, Illinois Institute of Technology, and Electrocon International to propose a one year 300K$ project on new modeling, simulation and analysis related to cascading blackouts in response to DOE’s call for grid modernization. ISU will be a subcontractor to the lead institution Argonne National Lab. The new simulator will help to monitor cascading blackout risk as our national and state electricity grid is modernized and transformed to accommodate alternative energy. ISU will develop ways to extract useful monitoring information from the simulator results. Iowa Energy Center matching funds will augment the data analytics and blackout risk analysis and mitigation to be developed with the ISU $31,890 share of the grant.

Award Amount:

$6,378

Grant Active Dates:

Aug. 2016 — Aug. 2017

Organization:

Iowa State University

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Ian Dobson

Status:

active

Location:

Ames, Iowa

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Summary:

Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) is collaborating with Iowa State University to submit proposals to DOE’s Grid Modernization Laboratory Call (GMLC). The Office of Electricity and Energy Reliability (OE) has developed program specific lab call topics that address the specific requirements for grid modernization. This proposal is a direct response to OE’s Smart Grid subprogram with [...]

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Grant

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Summary

Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) is collaborating with Iowa State University to submit proposals to DOE’s Grid Modernization Laboratory Call (GMLC). The Office of Electricity and Energy Reliability (OE) has developed program specific lab call topics that address the specific requirements for grid modernization. This proposal is a direct response to OE’s Smart Grid subprogram with the topic of “Distribution System Restoration Tool.” The main purpose of this project is to develop a decision support tool that integrates weather information, advanced grid monitoring techniques, power system resilience analytics, as well as advanced optimization techniques, distributed energy resources and microgrids, so that the restoration process in response to extreme weather hazards can be conducted in an optimal and more effective manner.

Award Amount:

$10,000

Grant Active Dates:

Jul. 2016 — Jun. 2017

Organization:

Iowa State University

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Zhaoyu Wang

Co-Principal Investigator:

Anne Kimber

Status:

active

Location:

Ames, Iowa

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Summary:

Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) is collaborating with Iowa State University to submit proposals to DOE’s Grid Modernization Laboratory Call (GMLC). The Office of Electricity and Energy Reliability (OE) has developed program specific lab call topics that address the specific requirements for grid modernization. This proposal is a direct response to OE’s Advanced Grid Modeling Research [...]

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Grant

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Summary

Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) is collaborating with Iowa State University to submit proposals to DOE’s Grid Modernization Laboratory Call (GMLC). The Office of Electricity and Energy Reliability (OE) has developed program specific lab call topics that address the specific requirements for grid modernization. This proposal is a direct response to OE’s Advanced Grid Modeling Research subprogram with the topic of “Load Models.” The objective of this project is to develop and validate load model structures capturing emerging load dynamics such as integration of DGs, power electronic loads, stochastic customer behaviors, electricity prices and demand side management. The accurate representation of static and dynamic characteristics of loads is an important requirement for the correct analysis of planning, operation and control of both power distribution and transmission systems.

Award Amount:

$29,107

Grant Active Dates:

Jul. 2016 — Jun. 2017

Organization:

Iowa State University

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Zhaoyu Wang

Co-Principal Investigator:

Anne Kimber

Status:

active

Location:

Ames, Iowa

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Summary:

Iowa Energy Center funding will be used for developing data to support our pursuit of NSF-Engineering Research Center (ERC) funding in summer of 2017. Our pre-proposal “Center for Renewable Electrochemical Systems (CRES)” to NSF-ERC received very good ratings and comments. This project aims to address the ERC panel’s concerns on the economics of the new [...]

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Grant

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Summary

Iowa Energy Center funding will be used for developing data to support our pursuit of NSF-Engineering Research Center (ERC) funding in summer of 2017. Our pre-proposal “Center for Renewable Electrochemical Systems (CRES)” to NSF-ERC received very good ratings and comments. This project aims to address the ERC panel’s concerns on the economics of the new electrochemical systems. Three research tasks will be conducted, including: 1) TEA of direct biomass fuel cells for bio-oil upgrading and electricity co-generation; 2) TEA of biomass electrolyzers for electrochemical hydrogenation of cellulosic biomass feedstock for fuel/chemical/polymer precursor production; and 3) TEA of CO2 electrolyzers for electrochemical processing of CO2 to syngas using renewable electricity over metal-free carbon based catalysts. The success of the IEC research will also pioneer TEA of novel electrochemical systems that integrate renewable electricity generation and utilization with renewable and waste carbon supported by TEA of these systems, and potentially encourage the energy industry to develop new technologies combining renewable electricity and carbon sources for chemicals/materials manufacturing.

Award Amount:

$110,000

Grant Active Dates:

Jul. 2016 — Jun. 2017

Organization:

Iowa State University

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Mark Mba-Wright

Co-Principal Investigator:

Dr. Wenzheu Li

Status:

active

Location:

Ames, Iowa

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