Seed Grants for Energy Research-Wilton E. Scott Institute for Energy Innovation - Carnegie Mellon University

Seed Grants for Energy Research

Seed funding is available to support faculty research at Carnegie Mellon University in areas such as energy sources, production, efficiency, environmental impact of energy, including shale gas; policy and economic issues.

In 2013, a first round of grants resulted in six projects being funded from 26 proposals.

In 2014, a second round of grants resulted in seven projects from 34 proposals.

In 2015, a third round of grants resulted in over $500,000 of funding, including $181K from the EQT Foundation, for eight projects (out of 35 submissions):

  • “Optimization Models for Water Management in Shale Gas Development” - Developing tools for improved decision making about water management in shale gas operations, to reduce costs and minimize environmental impact. (Meagan Mauter, College of Engineering; Ignacio E Grossmann, College of Engineering)

  • “Quantifying Microstructural Distributions in Oxide Fuel Cells: The Path to Reliable and Sustainable SOFCs” - Studying microstructure of solid oxide fuel cells to improve their performance and enhance commercialization potential. (Paul Salvador, College of Engineering; Shawn Litster, College of Engineering; Anthony Rollett, College of Engineering; Robert Suter, Mellon College of Science)

  • “Development of Alternative Proppants for Enhanced Unconventional Oil and Gas Production” - Testing whether coal ash could be a better proppant in shale gas extraction. Athanasios Karamalidis, College of Engineering; Kelvin Gregory, College of Engineering; David Dzombak, College of Engineering; Robert Tilton, College of Engineering)

  • "Optimizing Occupant Thermal Comfort and Energy Savings in Building HVAC Systems" - (Anind K. Dey, College of Engineering; Jennifer Mankoff, College of Engineering; Yuvraj Agarwal, College of Engineering)

  • "Regulatory Interactions and Unintended Environmental Impacts in the Power Generation Sector" - (Jeanne VanBriesen, College of Engineering; Costa Samaras, College of Engineering; P. Jaramillo, College of Engineering)

  • Cellulose Processing for Sustainable Biofuel Production - (Hunaid Nulwala, Mellon College of Science; Hyung J. Kim, Mellon College of Science)

  • Enabling Metal Anodes for Advanced Li-ion Batteries - (Shawn Litster; College of Engineering; Jay Whitacre, College of Engineering; Venkat Viswanathan, College of Engineering)

  • C40+: Creating a Methodology for Greenhouse Gas Abatement Curves in Urban Centers - (Neil Donahue, College of Engineering; Kelly Klima, College of Engineering)