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Research Projects Available for Funding

The following university-based research projects will move renewable energy and energy efficiency technology forward.

The KREC Competitive Grants Program received many great proposals in 2009.  Because of the high quality of the proposals KREC received, the Consortium made a commitment to promote the projects that  KREC was unable to fund, but will be a great addition to another research program.  The 23 projects listed below cover various topics, such as Biofuels, Biomass & Bio-based Products, Energy Efficiency, Solar Energy and Wind Energy.  Each of these projects will advance renewable energy in Kentucky and the nation.

 

Biofuels, Biomass & Bio-based Products

One Step Bio-diesel Production via Catalytic-assisting and in-site coupling of Bio-oil Transesterification and Synthesis Gas Supercritical Methanol Synthesis

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Using short-rotation technologies to enhance woody feedstock production on reclaimed surface mines in eastern Kentucky

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Engineering Lower Inhibitor Affinitites of a Key Bifunctional Glycoside Hydrolase

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Catalytic Deoxygenation of Triglycerides to Hydrocarbon Fuels

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Interfacial Engineering of Cellulase Binding for High-Solids Biomass Depolymerization

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Lignin Deconstruction for Fuels and Chemicals

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Development of plants as enhanced renewable energy and lubricant sources

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Development of a Flexible Biorefinery Optimization Model based on Agricultural Survey and GIS Modeling of Bioresources Available in the Jackson Purchase Region of Western Kentucky

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Development of Laboratory and Simulation Based Model of Sustainable Biorefineries Utilizing Western Kentucky Based Renewable Resources

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Effect of Particle Size on the Pretreatment and Enzyme Hydrolysis Efficiency

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Production of high value cellulase from tobacco

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Production and Evaluation of Biofuels Using Industrial Equipment

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Development of metalloporphyrin-ionic liquid complexes for the degradation of lignin

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Energy Efficiency

Strategies for Improving Energy Efficiency and Lowering Carbon Footprints of Kentucky Manufacturing Industries

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Solar Energy

An Adaptable Solar Power Supply for Micro-Scale Systems

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Solar Energy Technology Demonstration Project

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Wind Energy

Genesis Development On-Site Environmental Impact Assessment & Wind Assessment

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Investigation of Smart Materials to Improve Wind Turbine Blade Perfromance

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Greenhouse Gas-CO2 Reduction Using Wind Energy

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Feasibility of Electricity Generation in Low Wind Velocity Regions

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High-fidelity Simulation of a Flatback Airfoil for More Efficient and Quieter Wind Turbine Design

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