Energy Research Triangle
What is the Energy Research Triangle?
The Energy Research Triangle is a competitive grant program aimed at fostering energy innovation across Utah’s three premier research universities, including the University of Utah, Brigham Young University and Utah State University. The program offers two categories of grants – one that encourages collaboration among professor researchers across the state, and another for students, designed to elevate the next generation of energy researchers.
The program is funded by three state government agencies including the Governor’s Office of Energy Development, Utah Science Technology and Research Agency (USTAR), and the Department of Workforce Services.
Collaborative grants require that researchers from each of the three largest research universities submit a joint proposal for funding that addresses a Utah-related energy issue. Winning proposals are those that demonstrate commercial viability and a strong potential to improve Utah’s economy.
Workforce development grants are given to students engaged in energy research at each of the three largest research universities in Utah. Along with demonstrating commercial viability and potential to improve Utah’s economy, applicants must also describe how winning the grant will help them achieve their professional goals.
Proposals are selected by a committee comprised of energy professionals representing industry, government, and academia. Final selections are approved by the Governor or Governor’s Energy Adviser. Further application details will be posted in the coming weeks.
ERT News & Success Stories
ERT is currently finishing up its second round of funding and early results are promising. In the first year, 2014-2015, the four student researchers alone published eight papers and filed two patents. Two of these papers were featured as cover articles in their journals.
In addition, a student researcher at the University of Utah has developed an adjustable tint window film that can be retrofitted onto old home windows to increase energy efficiency. With the help of following on funding from the ERT grant, the student is now working with a Utah company that is the world’s largest ceramics manufacturer to scale up the film design to commercial sizes.
Watch KSL’s feature here.