Thursday, April 23, 2015

Student Receives Funding for Collaborative on Sustainable Energy Systems

Photo Credit: Patrick O'Leary
Humphrey PhD student Vivek Bhandari has been awarded funding from the Institute for Advanced Study for his proposal on "Implementation and the Policy Paradox: Conversations around Combined Heat and Power." The project is a collaboration with Tim Smith from the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and Laura Babcock from the School of Public Health. 

Creating sustainable energy systems requires new technology, energy markets and regulatory frameworks. The University of Minnesota’s $96 million project to construct a state of the art Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant provides a unique opportunity for facilitating conversations and collaborations to this end. This collaborative will use the project as a focal point to facilitate multiple vital interdisciplinary conversations on energy and critical infrastructure. These conversations will link technical knowledge with policy, economics and practice.

Each year the Institute for Advanced Study provides small grants to research/creative collaborative groups that are designed to promote, "synergistic interdisciplinary activity difficult within departmental structures" across the University of Minnesota.

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