The Iowa NSF EPSCoR project ran from 2011 – 2016 and was a joint effort by Iowa’s Regent universities: the University of Iowa, University of Northern Iowa, and Iowa State University.
The goal of the five-year, $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation was to build Iowa’s research capacity in renewable energy and energy efficiency. The Iowa Power Fund, a state program supporting energy innovation and independence, granted the project $2 million. Iowa NSF EPSCoR was a state-wide effort.
Note: This Website serves as a reference and archive for the Iowa NSF EPSCoR program and replaces the site used during the program. This site contains almost all of the content of the old site, and more. Please use the menus (above) or the search function (below) to find content.
Wind Energy Research
Iowa NSF EPSCoR’s researchers applied advanced engineering principles in fluid dynamics, machine design, and control theory to improve the reliability of wind turbines, which are subject to highly variable and sometimes destructive operating environments.
Researchers investigated both the challenges of producing large quantities of biomass in a sustainable manner and the unanswered questions of how to transport, store and utilize biomass within the current electric power plant infrastructure built in the last century to exploit fossil energy resources.
Energy Utilization Research
Researchers studied the critical role that social sciences play in improving energy efficiency sufficiently for diffuse renewable energy resources to replace our profligate expenditure of fossil fuels.
Energy Policy Research
Iowa NSF EPSCoR researchers explored how economists and engineers can collaborate on energy policy and advise policy makers on renewable energy and energy efficiency issues.
Iowa NSF EPSCoR focused on efforts to prepare a workforce and broaden the participation of women, underrepresented minorities, and first-generation college students in the STEM pipeline, and create a community of scholars who integrate broader impacts into their research effort.
Explore this Website to read more than 500 articles, profiles, news briefs, and pages from Iowa NSF EPSCoR’s history.