Tour the new Energy Innovation Center
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You're Invited: Tour the new Energy Innovation Center

Thursday, February 19th
10:45am - 11:30am
1435 Bedford Avenue, Pittsburgh PA 15219

Built in 1930, the historic former Connelly Trade School Building is getting new life as the Energy Innovation Center (EIC).  Located across from Consol Energy Center, the EIC has nearly completed LEED-platinum renovations and prepares to open as an early-stage business incubator and site for hands-on workforce training programs with education partners from across the region.

The tour will give you a behind-the scenes look at:
  • EICThe state-of-the-art mechanical systems that can be used as working classrooms
  • An overview of the co-located, collaborative university-industry projects
  • Proof-of-concept energy technology demonstration laboratories
  • What it takes to bring an 85-year-old building up to LEED platinum standards while meeting requirements of the National Register of Historic Places

Space is limited.  Click here to RSVP

Reminder:  2015 Energy Alliance General Meeting

Tuesday, February 17th 2015
11 Stanwix Street, Lobby Auditorium (Downtown Pittsburgh)
8:00 a.m.  Registration and Breakfast
8:30 - 10:00 a.m.  Presentation and Discussion

Dr. Grace BochenekJoin us for a look at regional research, workforce strategies, and 2015 programming.  Featuring a special discussion with Dr. Grace Bochenek, the new Director of NETL (the national energy lab in our own backyard).  Also, get a preview by Dr. Paul Fischbeck of a new electric grid simulator out of CMU that models how different changes to electricity generation would affect the availability and pricing of power in PA.   See the full agenda here.
RSVP by Friday Feb 13th.  


Energy Funding Watch

$125 Million Energy Research Funding Opportunity from ARPA-E

The objective of this funding opportunity is to support the development of potentially disruptive new technologies across the full spectrum of energy applications.  ARPA-E has three mission areas: reducing imported energy, reducing energy-related emissions, and improving energy efficiency. The critical question for applicants to consider in assessing potential impact is: â€œIf it works, will it matter?”  Qualifying areas of research includes:
  • electricity generation (renewable and non-renewable); electricity transmission, storage, and distribution;
  • energy efficiency for buildings, manufacturing and commerce, and personal use;
  • all aspects of transportation, including the production and distribution of both renewable and non-renewable fuels, electrification, and energy efficiency in transportation.   
 Notice of Intent Deadline is February 20th 2015.  Click here for more information and to apply

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