The Applied Energy Research Laboratory (AERL) was established in September, 2015 at the University of Idaho (UI) to study issues of commercial and industrial energy conservation. Partnerships have been developed with UI Facilities and regional manufacturing industries around the energy/water nexus. This has resulted in numerous campus sustainability projects associated with ME 504 (Sustainability and Green Design), application of TRNSYS software to study district energy with the UI energy plant, and five graduate student-driven technical papers about energy and exergy analysis. The purpose of this proposal is to strengthen ties between AERL, UI Facilities and one of architect/engineering consultants (McKinstry) frequently used on energy infrastructure projects, researchers at the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), and our local electric utility (Avista) surrounding next generation thermal energy storage for buildings.
Our goal is to investigate methods for increasing the long term sustainability of energy systems. This can be accomplished by making efficient use of energy sources in district energy and thermal energy storage systems. The dependency on fossil fuels can be reduced by utilizing alternate energy sources such as biomass, solar, and geothermal while minimizing wastes.
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