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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A concept paper titled “Cost Effective 6.5% Silicon Steel Laminate for Electric Machines” was submitted to EERE in February 2016 to pursue the funding opportunity announced by DOE EERE (DE-FOA-0001384). The proposed technology promises significant improvement to the power density of the traction motor, which in turn, reduces the system cost and increases market adoption [...]

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A concept paper titled “Cost Effective 6.5% Silicon Steel Laminate for Electric Machines” was submitted to EERE in February 2016 to pursue the funding opportunity announced by DOE EERE (DE-FOA-0001384). The proposed technology promises significant improvement to the power density of the traction motor, which in turn, reduces the system cost and increases market adoption of high efficiency and environment friendly electric vehicle. The proposed effort is a comprehensive research and development, including 1) new rare earth free traction motor (design, construction and evaluation), 2) cost effective high Silicon content electric steel laminate (key for high frequency high power density motor), and 3) non-rare earth permanent magnet (MnBi magnet developed under the DOE ARPAe REACT program. The proposing team consists of experienced researchers from two universities (Iowa State University and University of Delaware), two national labs (Ames Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory) and two companies (United Technologies Research Center and Carpenter Technology Corporation). The proposed effort supports Iowa Energy Center’s mission on improving Iowa’s commercial, residential and industrial efficiency.

The proposal was reviewed well and selected for funding. The total federal amount is about $3.8M and the amount allocated for the Iowan team (Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory) is about $2.8M. This funding opportunity requires 10% cost share (page 36). Here, as the principle investigator of the proposed effort, I would like request a match grant from Iowa Energy Center in the total amount of $165,393 to meet the cost share requirement for the $2.8M federal funding that is planned for Iowa State University and Ames Laboratory. The rest of $130K cost share will be provided by the Iowa State University.

Award Amount:

$65,018

Grant Active Dates:

Nov. 2016 — Sep. 2017

Organization:

Iowa State University

Principal Investigator:

Jun Cui

Status:

active

Location:

Ames, IA

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The IEC Opportunity Grant funds will enable us to conduct essential testing and develop operational management of data from our recently completed twin-tower “outdoor wind energy laboratory” facility and its ISU-based data management capacity in preparation to host the multi-institutional intensive field observations campaign we are proposing for Aug-Nov 2018. We submitted a proposal to [...]

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The IEC Opportunity Grant funds will enable us to conduct essential testing and develop operational management of data from our recently completed twin-tower “outdoor wind energy laboratory” facility and its ISU-based data management capacity in preparation to host the multi-institutional intensive field observations campaign we are proposing for Aug-Nov 2018. We submitted a proposal to NSF in January 2016, which was reviewed but suspended by NSF because of delays in availability of NSF/NCAR equipment we had requested. We are dividing this multi-institutional proposal into two phases: (1) Phase 1:  a scaled back version of our 2016 proposal to include only the ISU component to develop and operate the basic field site (two tall towers and shorter, high-resolution sensor tower) to be submitted in September 2016, and (2) Phase 2:  the full multi-institutional proposal (but discounted by the Phase I grant to ISU) to be submitted in January 2017. In our two-phased proposal, scientists from four US universities, two national laboratories, the wind farm operator, and one international meteorological institute have signed on to participate in this field campaign. Additional instruments our collaborators will bring include numerous vertically scanning remote sensors, including up to 34 sonic anemometers, 50 temperature/relative-humidity sensor, 20 soil-moisture measurement suites, 4 lidars, a sodar, a microwave radiometer, interferometer, and hyper-spectral imaging camera, as well as an in situ network of soil moisture sensors to complement a cosmic ray soil moisture observing system. The IEC Opportunity grant will demonstrate pre-award instrument deployment, data management, and analysis to provide evidence to the National Science Foundation that ISU has the capacity to host this major research program.

Award Amount:

$78,106

Grant Active Dates:

Nov. 2016 — Dec. 2017

Organization:

Iowa State University

Principal Investigator:

Eugene Takle

Co-Principal Investigator:

Daniel Rajewski

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active

Location:

Ames, IA

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In February 2016, we the team: Xinwei Wang/PI, Xiaohui Zhou/co-PI, Kejin Wang/co-PI submitted a concept paper entitled “Novel Infiltration Diagnostics based on Laser-line Scanning and Infrared Temperature Field Imaging” to the DOE program of “BUILDINGS ENERGY EFFICIENCY FRONTIERS & INNOVATION TECHNOLOGIES (BENEFIT) – 2016”. The concept was reviewed positively and we were invited for full [...]

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In February 2016, we the team: Xinwei Wang/PI, Xiaohui Zhou/co-PI, Kejin Wang/co-PI submitted a concept paper entitled “Novel Infiltration Diagnostics based on Laser-line Scanning and Infrared Temperature Field Imaging” to the DOE program of “BUILDINGS ENERGY EFFICIENCY FRONTIERS & INNOVATION TECHNOLOGIES (BENEFIT) – 2016”. The concept was reviewed positively and we were invited for full proposal development. For this three-year project, the BENEFIT program requires at least 10% cost share of the total project cost. Our proposed work is to develop a novel infiltration diagnostic technology for advanced and high throughput infiltration diagnostics of building envelopes.

Award Amount:

$34,304

Grant Active Dates:

Oct. 2016 — Jul. 2017

Organization:

Iowa State University

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Xinwei Wang

Co-Principal Investigator:

Xiaohui Zhou, Kejin Wang

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Active

Location:

Ames, IA

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The focus of this Iowa Energy Center opportunity grant is to provide a risk-informed approach for pre-event asset hardening and post-event system restoration to enhance the resilience of electric power distribution systems in the face of extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, tornados, snow storms, and microbursts. We believe that this approach will result in [...]

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The focus of this Iowa Energy Center opportunity grant is to provide a risk-informed approach for pre-event asset hardening and post-event system restoration to enhance the resilience of electric power distribution systems in the face of extreme weather events, such as hurricanes, tornados, snow storms, and microbursts. We believe that this approach will result in increased absorptive capacity and reduced recovery times as well as facilitating the credible physical and economic assessment of losses. Numerous previous studies have modeled the performance of a single physical or financial infrastructure system isolated from the rest. However, an effective framework for integrated analysis of these two infrastructure systems needs to be developed. The focus of this opportunity grant proposal to Iowa Energy Center will be the interdependency between financial markets and electric power lower-voltage distribution systems. As a proof of concept study, the team will primarily utilize the funding provided by the Iowa Energy Center to develop the necessary framework to model the interdependency between these two systems. The proposing team is from Iowa State University and has expertise in infrastructure risk assessment (Alipour), financial system analysis (Tesfatsion), and computational methods for power systems (Wang, Tesfatsion) necessary to develop the required framework for resilience analysis of interconnected financial and physical infrastructure systems.

Award Amount:

$124,508.00

Grant Active Dates:

Oct. 2016 — Sep. 2017

Organization:

Iowa State University

Principal Investigator:

Dr. Alice Alipour

Status:

active

Location:

Ames, IA

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Momentum is Building Conference 2017

Grant Sep. 2016 — Mar. 2017 Des Moines, IA
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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 [...]

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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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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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