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Clean Energy Research Center

                                  النظيفة الطاقة بحوث مركز
 ク リ ー ン エ ネ ル ギ ー 研 究 セ ン タ ー

within the School of Engineering and Computer Science

Click here for information on the energy projects underway, tasks, and status. The School of Engineering and Computer Science is home to the Clean Energy Research Center, or CERC.  The CERC is the home of multiple, clean energy research, development, and educational activities.  The CERC fosters commercial partnerships, provides an educational platform for student research and hands-on clean energy demonstrations, while providing an entrepreneurial atmosphere within the OU R&D community to allow technology transfer and commercialization of new technologies. 




click for a map
to the CERC
                           
click above for floorplan


 

Role and Services

 

Mission Statement

Clean Energy Research Center (CERC) scientists, engineers and collaborators are conducting and demonstrating applied research and facilitating private sector investment to achieve a 40% energy reduction in existing industrial, commercial and institutional buildings in the Southeast Michigan tri-county region.   The CERC effort will deliver energy efficiency solutions, innovation and new clean energy jobs today while providing significant natural resource, environmental and economic impact by 2020.  The CERC is uniquely situated in the heart of the innovative Automation Ally, within the counties of Macomb, Oakland, and Wayne which comprise 40% of the State’s population and a majority of the State’s economic activity.

Description of the Problem

 

During the 20th century, energy efficiency of our cars, trains, planes and factory floors have systematically improved.    However, during the past forty years the energy efficiency of our building stock has not improved.   Buildings consume about 40% of the nation’s energy.  Here in Michigan, this equates to about $12 billion in energy costs, much of which flows out of the State, to other parts of the U.S. and to foreign countries.
Multiple projects have been completed or are in various stages of development.  The projects will research and demonstrate technologies in energy efficient buildings, solar, combined heat and power (CHP), biomass, and wind energy.  These projects include:  Click here for
OU & US Energy Flow Diagrams


click below for videos of OU clean energy projects:
   

 

 

  • Geothermal heat pump research and demonstrations
  • Smart grid / smart metering demonstrations
  • LED and emerging lighting technologies
  • Solar thermal systems
  • Solar PV systems
  • Biomass heating and biomass CHP systems
  • On‐site solid fuel biomass densification lab
  • On‐site biodiesel production lab
  • On‐site ethanol production lab
Visit www.oakland.edu/energy for more information on energy projects at Oakland.

 

For further information, please contact:

Amy Butler
Executive Director of the OU Incubator
248-648-4800    aabutler@oakland.edu  email

Jim Leidel
Director of Clean Energy Systems
248-648-4805    leidel@oakland.edu  email

Chris Kobus
Assoc. Professor of Mech Engineering
& Director of Engineering / Energy Education
248-370-2489    cjkobus@oakland.edu  email


RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, and DEMONSTRATION INTERESTS:

ENERGY EFFICIENT TECHNOLOGIES

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

 BIOMASS ENERGY

Utilization of various biomass resources such as:

Using various processes:

To produce various forms of useful energy or products

Further Reading and Research into Biomass:

SOLAR ENERGY

WIND ENERGY

  • Wind energy resource assessment
  • Low wind speed wind turbines
  • Tall towers

30 MW Solar Electric Generating Station near Kramer Junction, California


Wind Turbines on east shore of Lake Ontario, Ontario, Canada


Geothermal well drilling by Frank Rewold & Sons, Summer 2010 for the Human Health
Building 400 ton heat pump project.


Central Michigan University's wood chip boiler plant,


Green Circle Growers greenhouse wood chip heating plant near Kingsville, Ontario, Canada.
Installed by Thermo Energy Systems.


Bordines Nursery wood chip boiler in Grand Blanc, Michigan. Installed by Thermo Energy Systems.

Click here for other videos created or posted by Jim Leidel (YouTube)


web site by Jim Leidel


BioEnergy Conference  (April 2011)

Wind & Biomass Project Development Conference (May 2008)

PV Manufacturing Initiative Proposal (Oct 2010)

Solar Energy at Oakland University

Green Buildings - Geo / Solar Thermal

Wind and Biomass Options for OU
(1st half discusses wind, 2nd half is biomass)

Wind Energy Information

Midwest CHP Application Center

LED Lighting Technologies

Michigan Solid State Lighting Assoc.


Prospective undergraduate students should contact the Engineering Advising Office at
248‐370‐2201 mckeanma@oakland.edu

Prospective Master students should contact the appropriate Department Office, and prospective
Ph.D candidates should contact the
Associate Dean's Office at 248‐370‐2233 mclellan@oakland.edu






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