Clean Energy Research Center
Clean Energy Research CenterThe School of Engineering and Computer Science is home to the new Clean Energy Research Center (CERC), as a part of OU INC. The CERC is home to multiple, clean energy research and development projects and educational activities. The CERC creates an environment that fosters commercial partnerships, provides an educational platform for student research and clean energy curricula development, while providing an entrepreneurial atmosphere within the OU R&D community to allow technology transfer and commercialization of new technologies.
What's the problem?
During the 20th century, energy efficiency of our cars, trains, planes, and factory floors have systematically improved. However, during the past 40 years the energy efficiency of our building stock has not improved. Buildings consume about 40 percent of the nation’s energy. Here in Michigan, this equates to about $12 billion in energy costs, much of which flows out of the state to other parts of the U.S. and to foreign countries.
Role and Services:
- Technical Support to OU INC (both client companies and internal OU projects)
- Energy Infrastructure Strategic Planning for both public and private entities
- Renewable Energy Feasibility Studies
- Energy Project Development Support
Multiple projects have been completed or are in various stages of development. The projects will research and demonstrate technologies in energy efficient buildings, solar, combined heat and power (CHP), biomass, and wind energy. These projects include:
- Geothermal heat pump research and demonstrations
- Smart grid / smart metering demonstrations
- LED and emerging lighting technologies
- Solar thermal systems
- Solar PV systems
- Biomass heating and biomass CHP systems
- On?site solid fuel biomass densification
- On?site biodiesel production lab
- On?site ethanol production lab