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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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Bridging Energy Science Education and Careers with Innovative Technologies

DATE

3/1/17 - 2/28/19

LOCATION

Ames, IA

PROGRAM AREA

Grant

SUMMARY

As the nation’s leader in biofuels (ethanol and biodiesel), it is imperative that Iowa’s K-12 students have a basic understanding of the nation’s energy supply and consumption chain, and the associated environmental and social issues. Effective education programs that improve energy literacy can help draw students toward further studies and careers in the growing fields......

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Building Materials for Energy Efficiency

DATE

3/1/17 - 2/28/19

LOCATION

Ames, IA

PROGRAM AREA

Grant

SUMMARY

Iowa is the 5th-highest energy-consuming state per capita in the nation, yet it needs to import more than half of its energy from surrounding states. One of the best strategies to reduce this dependence is through energy efficiency investments. Establishing a strong understanding and appreciation for energy-efficient building materials and their use in building envelope......

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Energize Northeast Iowa Education (ENERGIZE)

DATE

3/1/17 - 2/28/18

LOCATION

Peosta, IA

PROGRAM AREA

Grant

SUMMARY

The Energize Northeast Iowa Education (ENERGIZE) project will create a vertical pipe line from high school education to the developing renewable energy curriculum at Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC). In partnership with Region 1 high schools and local renewable energy industry leaders, NICC will develop an introductory modularized curriculum that will cover solar, wind, and......

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My Family’s Wind Farm

DATE

3/1/17 - 2/28/18

LOCATION

Des Moines, IA

PROGRAM AREA

Grant

SUMMARY

To meet reading and literacy requirements for their students, teachers need to provide least 50% non-fiction or instructional texts. Teachers have a lack of quality, Iowa relevant, resources to use to meet this non-fiction reading requirement. Through this program we would develop another installment of Iowa centric books that are targeted to readers in grade......

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Renewable Energy Course

DATE

2/16/17 - 2/15/18

LOCATION

Iowa City, IA

PROGRAM AREA

Grant

SUMMARY

Generation of renewable energy is growing worldwide. This expansion can be illustrated by that fact that 60% of Fortune 100 companies have renewable energy policies, and 81% of global companies have committed to 100% use of renewable energy. A growing number of professionals trained in renewable energy is needed to support the existing energy generation......

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In-field Building Material Thermal Conductivity and R-value Measurement

DATE

02/01/2017 - 01/31/2018

LOCATION

Ames, IA

PROGRAM AREA

Grant

SUMMARY

At present, building material’s thermal conductivity is often measured in lab under conditions that are far from real scenarios. These conditions include temperatures and temperature gradient, stress, cracking, and material degradation. There is no such technique yet available for in-field thermal conductivity measurement of building materials. Consequently, it is difficult to have an accurate assessment......

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Deoxygenation of Lignin-Derived Species to Aromatics and Olefins

DATE

01/01/2017 - 12/31/2017

LOCATION

Ames, IA

PROGRAM AREA

Grant

SUMMARY

This Opportunity Grant proposal to the Iowa Energy Center (IEC) is to generate data that will strengthen our competiveness for biofuels-related funding opportunities from the Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE).  DOE has noted that the co-production of bioproducts will be essential to making cost competitive biofuels.  We are proposing......

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Hydroxycinnamic Acids from Lignin as Platform Molecules for Production of Biobased Materials

DATE

2017/01/01 - 2017/12/31

LOCATION

Ames, IA

PROGRAM AREA

Grant

SUMMARY

The overall objective for this project is to demonstrate cost-effective production of high-value green octinoxate and vanillin and green epoxies from extracted lignin as part of a fuel production system. The research team will utilize a two-stage process that first removes hydroxycinnamic acids from the lignin using a mild base extraction followed by solvent liquefaction......

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