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Project Title: DOE-NSF: Terawatt-scale Solar Economy
Project Sponsors: The National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Energy
Project Duration: September 1, 2011 – May 31, 2016
Project Description: CEEP research team is part of the Quantum Energy and Sustainable Solar Technologies (QESST) research center supported by U.S. National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy (DOE). The QESST project is collaborative effort with Arizona State University, Cal Tech, MIT, Georgia Tech, and other partners, to achieve a terawatt-scale solar economy. For this task CEEP team is developing a bottom-up PV diffusion model to evaluate the effectiveness of policy instruments and technology improvements in reaching terawatt scale solar economy. In 2015-2016, THE CEEP team will:
1) Finalize A functional form of the bottom-up PV technology diffusion model;
2) Formulate model inputs through comprehensive review of: projected technology improvements, economic parameters, and proposed policy instruments.
3) Run multiple scenarios, evaluating the impact of technology improvements anticipated by QESST and different policy frameworks to estimate diffusion paths for residential, commercial deployment of PV in the major states (e.g., California, Arizona, New Jersey, etc.).
Project Advisor: Lado Kurdgelashvili and John Byrne
Project Title: Creating Sustainable Energy Utilities
Project Sponsors: Foundation for Renewable Energy & Environment (FREE)
Project Duration: September 1, 2015 – May 15, 2016
Project Description: This project will assist in the development of Sustainable Energy Utilities (SEU) in and beyond the U.S. Energy suppliers are highly organized and effective at delivering their products, while energy users who are interested in improving energy efficiency and/or shifting to renewable energy are faced with a fragmented array of actors. The SEU is conceived as the point-of-contact for energy users in the same way that a utility is the point-of-contact for energy supply. The SEU, a public/private partnership, provides a focal point for the development of low/no carbon strategies utilizing energy efficiency, conservation and onsite renewable energy to empower community-based energy change. Currently FREE is working with Washington, D.C., the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and several jurisdictions in California to educate and advise them on their SEU Programs. It is also assisting Seoul, South Korea and Thane City in India.
Project Advisors: John Byrne and Job Taminiau
Project Title: Science, Engineering, and Technology (SET) Project
Project Sponsors: Delaware General Assembly
Project Duration: September 1, 2015 – May 15, 2016
Project Description: The 2015-16 Science, Engineering and Technology (SET) services program will explore technical and economic feasibility of using renewable energy sources in combination with large capacity batteries on mini-grids for emergency applications in Delaware. As such, it responds to growing concerns about the vulnerability of critical infrastructure to natural and manmade disasters. Recent experience amply demonstrates that major utility grid disruptions in one location can not only cause power outages hundreds of miles away, but also result in costly contingent business and public service interruptions over disproportionately large geographical areas and populations. Traditionally, the emergency response community has attempted to address these vulnerabilities by deploying fossil-fueled back up power systems serving individual installations. Using a combination of simulations and case studies, the project will demonstrate that, while the current purchase price of conventional fossil-fueled back-up generators may be lower, the costs of renewable energy converters and associated energy storage technologies are becoming increasingly competitive. Implications for accelerating the uptake of such solutions will be elaborated in terms of regulatory policy, fiscal incentives and public funding.
Project Advisors: Lawrence Agbemabiese
Project Title: Energy and Transit Policy Research for the Delaware Senate Energy and Transit Committee
Project Sponsors: Delaware State Senate
Project Duration: September 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016
Project Description: An internship created to work closely with the Chair of the Delaware State Senate Energy and Transit Committee Team, to perform research on policy and technology options that may be helpful to the needs of the State of Delaware.
Project Advisor: John Byrne
Project Title: Delaware Industrial Assessment Center
Project Sponsors: U.S. Department of Energy
Project Duration: February 2012 – June 2016
Project Description: The University of Delaware was selected by the U.S. DOE to operate a regional Industrial Assessment Center (IAC). The UD Department of Electrical Engineering and Center for Energy and Environmental Policy will jointly manage the IAC, which will assist small- and medium-sized manufacturers in the region to make energy efficiency improvements, minimize waste, reduce pollution and improve productivity.
Project Advisor: Keith Goossen and John Byrne
Project Title: Reducing Carbon Emissions from Vehicular Transportation: Scenario Analysis for Delaware
Project Sponsors: Delaware State Senate
Project Duration: September 1, 2015 – May 15, 2016
Project Description: The project explores opportunities to reduce carbon emissions from vehicular transportation (including fleet vehicles) in Delaware. The research will focus on hybrid vehicles including CNG-electric hybrids, gas-electric hybrids, methane-electric hybrids, plug-in hybrids. The analyses will be conducted utilizing the CarCarbon© Model previously developed at CEEP. This model was designed to handle a large range of vehicles, fuels and technologies and corresponding policy scenarios. This model will be used in conjunction with Argonne National Laboratory’s Greenhouse Gases, Regulated Emissions, and Energy Use in Transportation (GREET) Model, which is a state of the art Lifecycle Analysis tool for the transportation sector. CarCarbon© has a GREET module embedded in its structure.
Project Advisor: Lado Kurdgelashvili
Project Title: Delaware SEU Internship
Project Sponsors: Delaware Sustainable Energy Utility
Project Duration: September 1, 2015 – May 31, 2016
Project Description: The SEU intern receives direction from the Chair of the Delaware SEU Board and Executive Director to assist the organization in research, presentations, briefings, and other matters that contribute to the analytical and organizational needs of the SEU.
Project Advisors: John Byrne
Project Title: Internship with the Delaware Army National Guard
Project Sponsors: Delaware National Guard
Project Duration: September 1, 2015 – January 15, 2016
Project Description: The intern receives direction from senior facilities management in the development of a sustainable energy master plan for the Delaware Army National Guard.
Project Advisor: John Byrne
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