Stony Brook collaboration doubles down on commitment to green energy
Stony Brook University is boosting its commitment to sustainable energy research by partnering up with the Centre for Sustainable Energy (CSE) to collaborate on driving innovation in the industry forward.
A memorandum of understanding signed by both parties will also work to secure additional funding for projects and assess the regional and global commercial potential of clean energy strategies that contribute to the US transition to a low-carbon economy.
Greenhouse gas reductions will be the main focus of the collaboration’s research, complimenting and advancing current climate projects, such as New York State’s Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) and National Grid’s Northeast 80×50 Pathway.
Taking the lead on two flagship programmes is Devinder Mahajan at the Institute of Gas Innovation and Technology.
Professor Mahajan will be looking into a new “power-to-gas” concept that stores excess wind and solar power as hydrogen, to then be distributed in the existing natural gas network.
The second project he is overseeing involves a biomass thermal conversion process that can produce off-grid electrical power from wood waste using a 30-kilowatt smokeless gasifier.
“The goal of these projects for commercialisation on Long Island and elsewhere would be to help decarbonise fuels in the power generation and transportation sectors,” Mahajan told Stony Brook University News.
This is the latest in many university collaborations for CSE. In the past they have also teamed up with the University of California Berkley to address barriers to implementing a citywide microgrid – a small-scale power grid that can operate independently or collaboratively with other small power grids.
They have also worked with University of California San Diego to test multiple technologies on its campus microgrid, including solar power, CHP, battery storage and electric vehicles.
CSE President Lawrence Goldenhersh is eager to expand these partnerships and looking forward to CSE’s latest academic collaboration.
“We are excited to combine our program design and administration expertise with the great research work being done at Stony Brook to create the go-to-market capabilities that we believe are essential to power the low-carbon transformation we need today,” he said.