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Texas A&M Energy Institute Announces Winners of 2019-2020 “Energy Seed Grant” Research Proposal Call
2019-2020 Research Proposal Call
July 15, 2020
for "Energy Seed Grants"
The Texas A&M Energy institute is proud to announce five proposals have been selected for funding under its 2019-2020 “Energy Seed Grant” Research Proposal Call.
A total of 18 proposals were submitted with investigators from six colleges and 12 departments at Texas A&M University, as well as several departments at Prairie View A&M University, Texas A&M University at Qatar, Texas A&M University-Commerce, and Texas A&M University-Kingsville.
This Texas A&M University System-based competitive proposal competition has the primary objectives of:
Encouraging innovative interdisciplinary energy research collaborations.
Supporting groups of researchers working on important energy-related topics.
The awarded funds will be used for the preparation of competitive group proposals to be submitted to government agencies within 6-12 months of the award. The submissions were reviewed by an interdisciplinary group of experts.
2019-2020 Funded Proposals
Concentrating Photo Electro Catalytic Reactors for Solar Chemicals’ Synthesis
Principal Investigator Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering Program, Texas A&M University at Qatar Co-Principal Investigators Associate Professor, Department of Chemical Engineering, Texas A&M University
Chairman of the Board and Managing Director of the Centre for Research and Technology – Hellas (CERTH)
Over the past several decades, most of the research activities focused on the development of new and exotic materials for efficient harvesting of solar energy and to drive photo and/or electrochemical processes e.g. water splitting and carbon dioxide reduction. However, little attention is given to the reactors or the reaction systems. Herein, the advancement of the state-of-the-art will be achieved by the design, modeling, optimization, and testing of a hybrid photo-electro-chemical that combines the advantages of existing tubular and fiber optic systems, and utilizes concentrated solar light.
Hydrogen Evolution using Metal-Organic Framework-complexed Hydrogenase Active Site Analogues as Electrocatalysts (MHAEs)
Principal Investigator Professor, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University-Kingsville Co-Principal Investigator Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University Robert A. Welch Chair in Chemistry and Professor, Department of Chemistry, Texas A&M University
The proposal entitled “Hydrogen Evolution using Metal-Organic Framework-complexed Hydrogenase Active Site Analogues as Electrocatalysts (MHAEs)” will support a collaborative research in the fields Hydrogen Evolution Using Metal-organic Framework (MOFs)-complexed [FeFe]-hydrogenase Synthetic Analogue Electrocatalyst. Studies of molecular electrocatalysts for proton reduction are complicated due to the complex coupling of material properties, design of structure, and electrochemistry. The goals are to: 1) Synthesize MOF-complexed hydrogenases (H2ase) active site analogues as electrocatalysts; 2) Characterize the structures of MHAEs; 3) Evaluate the electrocatalytic ability for H2production. This project will improve electrocatalyst behavior and efficiency on H2 production to enhance clean energy application.
The Effects of Hurricane Harvey on the Retail Gasoline Market
Principal Investigator Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Texas A&M University Co-Principal Investigators Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Texas A&M University Assistant Professor, Department of Public Service & Administration, Texas A&M University
Drs. Ben Klopack, Eric Lewis, and Fernando Luco are examining the economic impact of Hurricane Harvey on the gasoline market. Hurricane Harvey led to a 12% nationwide increase in gas prices and it also affected local demand and supply in hard-hit areas: Flooded roads made it difficult for consumers to access gas stations, and some gas stations suffered significant hurricane damage. In their research, they will quantify the overall impact of Harvey on the gasoline market both in hard-hit areas and elsewhere, measuring how it shifted supply and demand, and the extent to which it altered gas station competition.
Renewable Energy for Distributive and Procedural Justice in the Development of Alternative Energy Resources for the City of Prairie View
Principal Investigator Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Prairie View A&M University Co-Principal Investigator
Logan A. Yelderman
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Prairie View A&M University
Prairie View A&M University’s Dr. Sarhan Musa, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering Department, and Dr. Logan Yelderman, Assistant Professor of Psychology, plan to conduct research on the impacts of solar energy transition and community involvement in the transition. Using a collaborative framework, this research will assess the energy and economic impact of installing solar power grids, evaluate disparities in demographics regarding residents’ willingness to engage in collaboration with energy providers, and examine the impact of providing information on solar energy and the process of transitioning from fossil fuels to solar power. This research will be conducted in Prairie View, TX, home of Prairie View A&M University.
Accelerating the Development and Deployment of Emission-Free Smart Infrastructure
Principal Investigator Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering & Technology, Texas A&M University-Commerce Co-Principal Investigator Professor, Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering, Prairie View A&M University
Associate Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Santa Clara University Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering & Technology, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Currently, there is no viable and affordable emission-free electrification infrastructure for buildings and electric vehicles. This research envisions accelerating the development of an integrated emission-free sustainable energy system for buildings and transportation infrastructure. A scheme for the emission-free energy infrastructure is being developed. The technological aspect of the scheme involves a novel approach to integrate aesthetic solar shingles, to be developed, along with high capacity, fast charging lithium-ion energy storage batteries at strategically located charging stations. An interdisciplinary (systems engineering, electrical engineering, and business analytics) research team, across three university campuses, is formed to undertake key technical and economic challenges.
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