Research aligns with I-CPIE research thrusts in energy storage, energy-water nexus

The U.S. Department of Energy recently announced the funding of two projects with Lehigh’s Energy Research Center (ERC).  A team comprising the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Lehigh University, Customized Energy Solutions, and Air Products and Chemicals will receive $500,000 in support of a project that seeks to improve operating efficiency and system reliability of power plants in the context of plant connectivity to the electrical grid. A second project—a partnership with the Energy Research Company (ERCo) of New Jersey—has been awarded a $250,000 grant through the DOE Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) program to begin developing an instrument to measure in real-time toxic heavy metals in power plant impaired water effluent streams. 

Active since 1972, Lehigh’s ERC is one of the longest standing centers of its kind in the United States. The ERC became affiliated with Lehigh's Institute for Cyber Physical Infrastructure and Energy (I-CPIE) in 2018 and plays a key role in advancing several of the the institute’s research thrusts—including the Energy-Water Nexus research thrust, which recognizes the mutual interdependence of water and energy systems and Energy, Power, and Resources Technologies research thrust, which addresses the ongoing fundamental changes in energy supply and energy systems

Read more about the projects and funding on the I-CPIE website. 



Energy Research Center

The Energy Research Center (ERC) maintains office and laboratory space in the IMBT Laboratories at the Lehigh University's Mountaintop Campus.