Category: Energy Science & Technology

Power System Engineering Research Center

The electric power industry is evolving from its historical business structure. The vertically integrated utility of the past has been replaced by multiple players providing unbundled services using market-oriented decision-making. Challenges for success in this demanding business environment are being raised by new market structures and ways of doing business, new technologies, the demands of … Continue reading Power System Engineering Research Center

Microelectronics Research Center

The Microelectronics Research Center develops and characterizes advanced semiconductor materials, devices, and processing technology.  The Center researches and develops new semiconducting materials and technology for the next generation of electronic and photonic devices, interacts with industry in the commercialization of these new technologies, and provides a state-of-the-art learning laboratory.  The primary goal is to accomplish … Continue reading Microelectronics Research Center

Iowa Energy Center

The Iowa Energy Center is a research, demonstration, and education organization dedicated to improving Iowa’s energy efficiency and use of renewable energy. The Energy Center meets its goals by developing in-house energy-related research and education programs and by sponsoring projects developed by other groups.  The Energy Center awards competitive grants for energy-related projects, which vary … Continue reading Iowa Energy Center

Center for Catalysis

The Center for Catalysis, or CCAT, is a research and education organization focusing on “green chemistry,” which refers to environmentally benign chemical processes.  These often occur at room temperatures and ordinary pressures, and use water, preferably, as a solvent.  They require less expenditure of energy, occur more rapidly, and produce significantly fewer unwanted byproducts than … Continue reading Center for Catalysis

Center for Building Energy Research

The Center for Building Energy Research (CBER) focuses on efficient and renewable energy technology issues related to buildings.  Center research activities include developing new technologies and improving existing technologies to reduce energy consumption while maintaining performance and productivity.  Endeavors to reduce energy consumption include improving the efficiency of HVAC systems and industrial processes, improving indoor … Continue reading Center for Building Energy Research

Bioeconomy Institute

The Bioeconomy Institute (BEI) is an outgrowth of the Bioeconomy Initiative — a campuswide effort, launched in 2002, to investigate the use of biorenewable resources as sustainable feedstocks for producing chemicals, fuels, materials, and energy.  Today, the BEI has over 160 faculty affiliated members who contribute to the Bioeconomy Initiative with over $60 million in … Continue reading Bioeconomy Institute

BioCentury Research Farm

The BioCentury Research Farm is the first-in-the-nation integrated research and demonstration facility dedicated to biomass production and processing.  Biomass includes both lignocellulosic crops and grain.  This facility presents a unique opportunity for industry collaboration.  It will accelerate innovation and production capacity associated with biobased fuels, chemicals, and products.  Collaborations for developing sustainable technologies will provide … Continue reading BioCentury Research Farm

Ames Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy

The Ames Laboratory is a U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science national laboratory devoted to “creating materials and energy solutions”.  Established in the 1940s with the successful development of the most efficient process to produce high-purity uranium metal for atomic energy, the Ames Lab now pursues a much broader portfolio that has given it … Continue reading Ames Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy