Illinois Solar Decathlon President Rachel Chen met with Marty Smith to discuss the possibility of having the current next solar decathlon home built at the hope village project. Marty discussed possibilities for a separated subdivision of homes.
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|Geothermal Battery at Energy Farm
The Prairie Research (PRI), Student Sustainability Committee (SSC), Facilities & Services (F&S), Illinois Water Resources Center (IWRC), Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE), and the College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences (ACES), and the Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) gathered on Feb. 27, 2023, to break ground on installing an underground thermal battery (UTB) at the Energy Farm in Urbana, IL.
|Geothermal at Gable Home
The Solar Decathlon House at the Energy Farm, called the Gable Home, is now equipped with a horizontal loop geothermal energy system. The loop is 3/4 inch.
|Let It Flow
Rain is a blessing and a curse on our research farms. We cannot grow a crop with out it but when it comes in excessive quantities has a destructive result on University farms. Our farms are intertwined too so as water flows downhill it passes from one department farm to the next. This project looks to redesign the Energy Farm waterway and install a waterway on the Animal Sciences farm to the west so that water flow can be channeled to the Embarrass River in a more direct and environmentally sound path.
|Geothermal at the Energy Farm
Campus is exploring options for retrofitting Energy Farm with Deep Direct Use (DDU) geothermal energy.
In April 2017 three faculty members received $14,522 from the University Research Board to conduct preliminary investigations surrounding crop residue as a building material at both small and large scale. The results of those initial investigations proved very positive. This project primarily strives to turn corn stalks into a building project. Students have assisted Associate Professor Mark Taylor, from the School of Architecture throughout the project, giving students research and professional development opportunities.
|Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities
The AFRI Foundational Program supports grants in the six AFRI priority areas to continue building a foundation of knowledge critical for solving current and future societal challenges. The six priority areas are:
|Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (IDEAS)
The IDEAS program - short for Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science - provides a continuing opportunity for the rapid support of early-stage applied research to explore pioneering new concepts with the potential for transformational and disruptive changes in energy technology.
|Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM)
The Office of Land and Emergency Management provides policy, guidance and direction for the Agency's emergency response and waste programs
Opportunities for funding may be found under the following programs within The Catalog of Federal Assistance (CFDA)
|Biomass Research and Development Initiative Competitive Grants Program (BRDI)
The program aims to carry out research on and development and demonstration of:
The goal of the Environmental Engineering program is to support transformative research which applies scientific and engineering principles to avoid or minimize solid, liquid, and gaseous discharges, resulting from human activities on land, inland and coastal waters, and air, while promoting resource and energy conservation and recovery.
The goal of the Environmental Sustainability program is to promote sustainable engineered systems that support human well-being and that are also compatible with sustaining natural (environmental) systems.
|Bioenergy Technologies Office
This office establishes partnerships with key public and private stakeholders to develop and demonstrate technologies for producing cost-competitive advanced biofuels from non-food biomass resources, including cellulosic biomass, algae, and wet waste (e.g., biosolids).
|Geothermal Technologies Office
This office supports groups that research, develop, and validate innovative and cost-competitive technologies and tools to locate, access, and develop geothermal resources in the United States.
|Sustainable Bioenergy Challenge
The Sustainable Bioenergy challenge area focuses on the societal challenge to secure America's energy future. The challenge hopes to implement regional systems that materially deliver liquid transportation biofuels and reduce national dependence on foreign oil while also producing biopower and biobased products.
|Geothermal Test Well at Energy Farm
The main objective is to provide comprehensive scientific data and analysis to help our community on evaluating the potential of using ground source heat pump system in a large scale as part of campus green energy policy.
|Biomass Boiler at the Energy Farm
For many years, the UI has grown significant quantities of biomass plant products at the Energy Farm on South Farms. There have been a few preliminary attempts to identify a post-research use for this material, including the cancelled Vet Med Combined Heat and Power (CHP) project and a study of the compatibility with existing boilers at Abbott Power Plant. Meanwhile the biomass material continues to be stockpiled at the Energy Farm. This project is looking to convert the existing (and future) biomass from the Energy Farm into power for the on-site Energy Farm facility.
|Illinois Solar Decathlon
Who We Are
Illinois Solar Decathlon is an interdisciplinary registered student organization with over 60 undergraduate and graduate students at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. We compete in the international, Department of Energy-sponsored Solar Decathlon Build and Solar Decathlon Design competitions. Illinois Solar Decathlon is comprised of an executive board, a build competition team, a design competition team, and a concept team, which fosters skills and knowledge development for younger organization members.
- Bioenergy Technologies Office
- Biofuels and Bioproducts from Wet and Gaseous Waste Streams: Challenges and Opportunities
- Biomass Boiler at the Energy Farm
- Biomass Research and Development Initiative Competitive Grants Program (BRDI)
- Environmental Engineering
- Environmental Sustainability
- Foundational Program
- Geothermal at Gable Home
- Geothermal at the Energy Farm
- Geothermal Battery at Energy Farm
- Geothermal Technologies Office
- Geothermal Test Well at Energy Farm
- Illinois Solar Decathlon
- Innovative Development in Energy-Related Applied Science (IDEAS)
- Let It Flow
- Office of Land and Emergency Management (OLEM)
- Sustainable Bioenergy Challenge