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 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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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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Summary:

Winneshiek County leads Iowa in solar PV adoption, and this project is designed to 1) test and refine education strategies and methodologies, 2) directly reach hundreds of interested consumers via in-person “open house” and workshops over five Iowa counties, 3) develop online tools to help other Iowa groups conduct solar education workshops. The toolkit would [...]

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Winneshiek County leads Iowa in solar PV adoption, and this project is designed to 1) test and refine education strategies and methodologies, 2) directly reach hundreds of interested consumers via in-person “open house” and workshops over five Iowa counties, 3) develop online tools to help other Iowa groups conduct solar education workshops. The toolkit would include downloadable materials, a workshop how-to-guide, virtual tours, video lectures, and a recorded webinar for easy replication by other organizations or local governments throughout Iowa.

Award Amount:

$10,630

Grant Active Dates:

Nov. 2015 — Apr. 2016

Organization:

Winneshiek Energy District

Principal Investigator:

Andy Johnson

Status:

active

Location:

Decorah, Iowa

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Momentum is Building Conference 2016

Grant Oct. 2015 — Mar. 2016 West Des Moines, Iowa
Summary:

Momentum Is Building (MIB) has experienced a long and successful tenure as a way for Iowa’s electric cooperatives 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 RECs and building trades professionals from rural Iowa. Conference topics focus on industry standards, [...]

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Summary

Momentum Is Building (MIB) has experienced a long and successful tenure as a way for Iowa’s electric cooperatives 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 RECs and building trades professionals from rural Iowa. Conference topics focus on industry standards, best practices, and the Iowa Energy Code. The 2016 conference will be February 11-12, 2016 at the Sheraton in West Des Moines, Iowa.

Award Amount:

$6,000

Grant Active Dates:

Oct. 2015 — Mar. 2016

Organization:

Iowa Cooperatives for Energy Efficiency

Principal Investigator:

Angela Catton

Status:

closed

Location:

West Des Moines, Iowa

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Vertical Axis Wind Turbine Prototype

Grant Oct. 2015 — Sep. 2016 Estherville, Iowa
Summary:

Iowa Lakes Community College requests $20,000 in grant funds to assist with installation, data collection, and certification of a Chava Wind 25kW Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) prototype. Requested funding will provide preliminary real time data on the efficacy and viability of vertical axis wind, provide long-term sustainable energy education and training opportunities for students [...]

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Summary

Iowa Lakes Community College requests $20,000 in grant funds to assist with installation, data collection, and certification of a Chava Wind 25kW Vertical Axis Wind Turbine (VAWT) prototype. Requested funding will provide preliminary real time data on the efficacy and viability of vertical axis wind, provide long-term sustainable energy education and training opportunities for students and industry professionals, and demonstrate the potential of small scale and distributed wind in Iowa and the region.

Award Amount:

$20,000

Grant Active Dates:

Oct. 2015 — Sep. 2016

Organization:

Iowa Lakes Community College

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Dan Lutat

Status:

active

Location:

Estherville, Iowa

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Summary:

Planning Grant requested to acquire DOE funding to support research on low cost direct electrochemical hydrogenation of organic  carriers with high efficiency. The grant will be used to attend a DOE ARPRe workshop on Bridging Renewable Electricity with Transportation Fuels and other travels.

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Summary

Planning Grant requested to acquire DOE funding to support research on low cost direct electrochemical hydrogenation of organic  carriers with high efficiency. The grant will be used to attend a DOE ARPRe workshop on Bridging Renewable Electricity with Transportation Fuels and other travels.

Award Amount:

$3,000

Grant Active Dates:

Aug. 2015 — Oct. 2015

Organization:

ISU Bioeconomy Institute

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Wenzhen Li

Status:

active

Location:

Ames, Iowa

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Summary:

We will implement a newly developed framework to assess potential in-stream hydrokinetic energy resources, and to determine the recoverable energy fraction from all the rivers in Iowa. Our methodology uses a dynamically driven river network model that includes the full extent of Iowa’s river network from the smallest creeks o its largest rivers. The assessment [...]

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Summary

We will implement a newly developed framework to assess potential in-stream hydrokinetic energy resources, and to determine the recoverable energy fraction from all the rivers in Iowa. Our methodology uses a dynamically driven river network model that includes the full extent of Iowa’s river network from the smallest creeks o its largest rivers. The assessment of hydrokinetic potential acknowledges periods of time when energy recovery is not feasible due to low velocities, inadequate flow depths, frozen streams, or debris in rivers that can compromise the turbine operation. This work will provide a more complete picture of potential recoverable energy from the waterways that traverse the Iowa landscape.

Award Amount:

$60,000

Grant Active Dates:

Jun. 2015 — Jun. 2016

Organization:

University of Iowa

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Ricardo Mantilla

Status:

active

Location:

Iowa City, Iowa

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