Sustainable Energy Systems and Impacts

The concept of sustainability is expanding rapidly to our immediate physical environment. There is an urgent need to improve our skills to make our buildings, communities, cities, and landscapes more sustainable. Green building certifications, smart cities, and smart grids, are examples of approaches that should be integrated in the early stages of designing and planning at local, regional, and national level. Among the benefits obtained from sustainable energy development are: the improvement of the overall quality of life reducing health and safety risks, the improvement of the efficiency in energy and water consumption, the increase of sources to capture carbon dioxide, and the improvement of our capacity of adapting to climate change. 

Examples of EEE Faculty Research in the area of Sustainable Energy Systems and Impacts Include:

“Bioenergy and Biological Systems Engineering; an Educational Consortium for a Sustainable Agriculture,” University of Illinois, U.S. Department of Education, B. A. Engel.

“Development of a High Performance Cold Climate Heat Pump,” U.S. Department of Energy, J. E. Braun, W. T. Horton, E. Groll.

"Energy Efficient Building Systems Regional Innovation Cluster Initiative,” Pennsylvania State University, U.S. Department of Energy, J. E. Braun, Q. Chen, A. Tzempelikos, M. Saeedifard, P. Karava, J. Hu, W. T. Horton, S. Pekarek.

"OISE-PIRE: Sustainability, Ecosystem Services, and Bioenergy Development across the Americas", National Science Foundation, J. W. Sutherland, W. E. Tyner.

"Performance Testing of Ductless Heat Pumps,” EcotopeInc, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, J. E. Braun.

“Sustainable Production and Distribution of Bioenergy for the Central USA,” Iowa State University, U.S. Department of Agriculture, I. Chaubey, K. Johnson, J. Volenec, P. Murphy, K. Johnson, N. Olynk, C. Martin, K. Orvis, C. Alexander.

“Wind Energy and Sustainable Energy Solutions,” Witchita State University, U.S. Department of Energy, F. Zhao.

“Impact of Biofeedstock Production on Hydrology and Water Quality in Midwest and Southeast USA,” Cooperative State Research Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture, I. Chaubey.

“Watershed Scale Optimization to Meet Sustainable Cellulosic Energy Crop Demand,” U.S. Department of Energy, J. R. Frankenberger, B. A. Engel, I. Chaubey, K. Cherkauer, P. Murphy, R. Goforth, J. Volenec, L. Bowling, B. Gramig.