The Energy Research Initiative (ERI) is created to enable reliable low-cost renewable energy systems and efficient energy use and distribution through an enabled and optimized smart grid.
Part of ERI, The Network for Photovoltaic Technology (NPT) Center at Purdue University is addressing the performance, cost, reliability and manufacturing challenges of photovoltaic technologies.
A multi-university Smart Grid Research Center (SGRC) at Carnegie Mellon University—also a part of ERI—is working to support the incorporation of renewable energy resources and to provide the modeling, simulation and control tools needed to manage, optimize and secure the power grid.
New and emerging research initiatives are being explored in the areas of bioelectronics, sensors research and cyber security.
The twelfth TECHCON is held in Austin, Texas and includes 144 student-presented technical papers and posters representing a broad cross-section of SRC-funded research. Total attendance reached 437, including 184 industry participants, three government participants, 12 faculty, 210 students and 28 others, making for outstanding networking and technical exchange.