CCEE professor earns grant for developing energy-efficient, comfortable buildings

When it comes to energy-efficient buildings, Kristen Cetin looks for a balance between comfort and cost. “The controls that you can propose might save energy but might not make the occupants feel too comfortable,” Cetin said. “If you just turn off the A.C. (air conditioning), yes, you save a lot of energy. But nobody’s going … Continue reading CCEE professor earns grant for developing energy-efficient, comfortable buildings

2015 Iowa Energy Center Impact Award Winners Announced

Every year the Iowa Energy Center selects four leaders in energy research and innovation, one for each of our main focus areas: bioenergy, education and outreach, energy efficiency and renewable energy. Two of these winners are members of Iowa State’s College of Engineering faculty.

Iowa State engineers study the benefits of adding a second, smaller rotor to wind turbines

Hui Hu picked up a 3-D printed model of a typical wind turbine and began explaining two problems with the big, tall, three-bladed machines. First, said the Iowa State University professor of aerospace engineering, check out the base of each blade. They’re big, round structural pieces. They’re not shaped like an airfoil. And so they … Continue reading Iowa State engineers study the benefits of adding a second, smaller rotor to wind turbines

Iowa State, Ames Lab researcher working to save energy with nanotechnology insulation

Mufit Akinc, who has a series of patent plaques hanging high on his office wall, knows all about the challenges of moving inventions out of the lab. But he’s determined to see one of his latest projects make it all the way to the marketplace where it can save energy and money. Akinc, a professor … Continue reading Iowa State, Ames Lab researcher working to save energy with nanotechnology insulation

Iowa Energy Center announces 2014 Impact Awards

Four College of Engineering faculty recognized The Iowa Energy Center recently honored leaders and innovators in the center’s four program areas – bioenergy, renewable energy, energy efficiency, and education and outreach – with the Impact Award. This year was the first year with grants awarded. Five award winners were chosen in these categories, four of … Continue reading Iowa Energy Center announces 2014 Impact Awards

Iowa State University Wins Competitive $330,000 National Science Foundation Grant

Thanks to a highly competitive $330,000 award from the National Science Foundation, the Iowa Energy Center is proud to have partnered with Professor Hui Hu and Assistant Professor Anupam Sharma of Iowa State University to create innovative dual-rotor wind turbine designs in order to improve turbine performance and wind farm efficiency. The funding opportunity comes … Continue reading Iowa State University Wins Competitive $330,000 National Science Foundation Grant

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Iowa Energy Center supports research aimed at building Iowa’s bioeconomy

Three teams of Iowa State University researchers will use grants from the Iowa Energy Center to develop biorenewable technologies. All three projects involve the thermochemical conversion of biomass to biorenewable fuels, chemicals, and products. The grants are part of the center’s mission to improve energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies. Up to a three-year, $468,000 … Continue reading Iowa Energy Center supports research aimed at building Iowa’s bioeconomy

NSF invests $20 million in Iowa’s research

AMES, Iowa – The National Science Foundation has awarded a $20 million, five-year grant to build Iowa’s research capacity in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The Iowa Power Fund, a state program supporting energy innovation and independence, has also granted the project $2 million to pay for research equipment. The core of the research project … Continue reading NSF invests $20 million in Iowa’s research