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KREC's June 29 Quarterly Meeting

Highlights from KREC's Quarterly Meeting held at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville on June 29, 2011

KREC wrapped up its 2009-2011 Competitive Grants program with a June 29 meeting at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium in Louisville. The meeting was attended by 52 people who enjoyed a buffet-style lunch and heard from six KREC-funded researchers who presented final summaries of their projects as well as research posters detailing their findings. Since 2005, KREC has awarded more than $2 million through its competitive grants programs to 14 research projects at the University of Kentucky and the University of Louisville.  

Dr. Sue Nokes, keynote speaker at the meeting, discussed her initial 2005 KREC-funded grant and how it helped in securing a $6.9 million DOE grant for the University of Kentucky Biosystems and Agricultural Engineering Department. The new grant, which begins in July, will support research for a new biofuels project at UK.

Dr. Mahendra Sunkara, Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research at the University of Louisville, talked about how KREC research funding helped his and the Conn Center's efforts as they conducted research on large size, lithium ion batteries. Dr. Sunkara (next photo below) also received KREC funding in 2005 in the first competitive grants program.

Dr. Mark McGinley, University of Louisville, discussed his research findings for cost-effective energy efficient school design. His research focused on evaluating building envelope systems, day-lighting and heating and cooling systems control and configuration.

Brent Bailey, State Facilitator for the National 25x'25 organization (last photo below),  presented an update on recent 25x'25 activities and initiatives. Mr. Bailey discussed ideas for exploring future opportunities for KREC to engage with other renewable energy organizations around the country.

Other speakers included Dr. Vijay Singh from the University of Kentucky, Dr. Eric Berson, Brian Robinson and Dr. Paul Ratnasamy,  from the University of Louisville.

KPPC — Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center believes that continuing KREC's communications and outreach activities beyond DOE's funding period is important to support renewable energy iniatiatives that are crucial to Kentucky's energy future. After July 1, 2011, KPPC will provide KREC with the resources needed to continue communications and networking activities including REnews, Facebook and the KREC website. 

All KREC members will continue to receive the REnews e-newsletter each month and will have access to online resources through the KREC website at KPPC. We encourage your participation in 2011 as we seek new funding opportunities for future KREC initiatives.

Please e-mail us with your ideas for how KREC might continue to be a valuable resource, open forum and clearinghouse for information and discussions on renewable energy in Kentucky.

Visit the KPPC Flickr Page to see a gallery of photos from the meeting.

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