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istribution. This PIRE project, which includes one other institution in the United States and two institutions in Denmark, addresses the technical, social and economic aspects of community-scale renewable energy micro-grids. The partnership will serve as a cooperative, virtual research, development and education center. Technically, the core efforts of this PIRE focus on integrating engineering design and deployment principles with sociological elements of energy user behavior. This will be achieved through a collaborative research framework that collects supply and demand data in both countries, models micro-grid-user operation, and analyzes the effects of intermittency and variable demand. In doing this, the U.S.-Danish team will focus on system optimization based on site-specific solar, wind, heat pumps, cogeneration and storage and intelligent agents for load managing. Overall, the anticipated broader impacts include the practical refinement of an innovative approach to power generation that takes into account local and regional variations, while complementing the existing power grid. If successful, future applications could lead to a measurable increase in carbon-free energy capacity with potentially lower environmental and regulatory requirements.

Materials for Renewable Energy NaturE's Way (RENEW) - Case Western Reserve University

This PIRE project, which includes three U.S. institutions and universities in the U.K., Brazil, Belgium and Italy, will address the global challenge associated with clean energy technologies often coming from unsustainable sources. While often thought of as only substitutes for liquid fossil fuels, biomass substances can serve as replacements for non-sustainable building blocks in many applications. PIRE: RENEW will use biological-based materials to create sustainable replacements and improve material performance in high value-added, high performance applications, beginning with solar and wind energy device
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