The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) has formalized its renewable energy research efforts in a new collaborative – the Renewable Energy Center – that will focus efforts on and coordinate programs for competitive research, with plans to increase Nevada's national stature in the renewable energy field.
Coordinators for the five working groups in the collaborative are Kwang Kim, hydrogen energy and storage; John Cushman, biomass; Lisa Shevenell, geothermal; Ravi Subramanian, solar energy; Mehdi Etezadi, power grid; and Ted Batchman, curriculum.
Coordinating business, public policy, outreach and education for the collaborative is Ron Tibben-Lembke, a professor of supply-chain management in the College of Business.
According to UNR, the Renewable Energy Center will encourage the independent voice of the researcher, department or college, as well as help them if a broader approach is needed.
In addition, UNR's Business College is a part of the collaborative to help build efforts to bring the research to the community through the building of new industry and workforce.
While the majority of research activities are housed at the main campus, the Redfield Campus provides opportunities to be a test-bed area for big-scale renewable energy research, and may accommodate research projects that are typically housed at the main campus.
SOURCE: University of Nevada, Reno